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Pakistani Army Launches Offensive Near Afghan Border

Residents of Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun region of North Waziristan accused government troops on Monday of killing dozens of civilians during a military operation against Taliban insurgents.   The operation started just after a Dec. 18 suicide bomb attack on a checkpoint in North Waziristan, a stronghold for al-Qaida-linked Taliban militants on Pakistan's mountainous border with Afghanistan.   Speculation that the army might launch a major offensive in the frontier tribal...

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