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January 12, 2009
Taliban launches major offensive in Pakistan

In a tribal area of northwestern Pakistan near Afghanistan, Taliban militants have launched a major offensive. Officials say about 600 militants, most of them from Afghanistan, attacked a paramilitary camp in Pakistan on Sunday, sparking a major battle that left six security troops and 49 insurgents dead. The Associated Press reports the raid reflected sophisticated cross-border coordination and the continued strength of the Taliban.

Vikram Singh, a specialist on Afghanistan and Pakistan with the Center for a New American Security, joins Martin Savidge to discuss this latest Taliban offensive, the timing of the attack and the deaths of two high-level al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan last week.

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