PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Fifteen militants
and one soldier were killed on Thursday when the Pakistani
military mounted another operation in a week of fighting
designed to seize control of a remote but strategic valley in
the northwest, the army said.
The military has faced fierce resistance from the Taliban
and its allies in the Tirah Valley in the Khyber region since
troops set out to dislodge insurgents from strategically
important heights above the valley six days ago.
officials say insurgents use the valley
as a base camp that enables them to carry out raids in other
semi-autonomous tribal areas near the Afghan border.