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Pakistan Starts Ground Offensive in Militant Stronghold

Pakistan’s military says it has launched a long anticipated ground offensive in a remote valley near the Afghan border to flush out local and foreign militants holed up there. The Shawal valley in North Waziristan tribal district is the last stronghold of militants in the border region, say authorities. The mountainous terrain and thick forests had long prevented ground troops from undertaking military action. Until now, the army relied on air strikes to target suspected hideouts in...

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