17 July 2017

News Story: Pakistani forces launch major offensive against terrorists in Khyber region

ISLAMABAD, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani security forces on Sunday launched a fresh major ground and air offensive in a rugged mountainous region to clear the area of the militants, the military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said.

General Ghafoor told a news conference that operation "Khyber-4" will be focused on Rajgal, a valley in Khyber tribal area, bordering Afghanistan where the militant groups still have some hideouts.

"As Rajgal valley is located in rugged mountains, the operation will be difficult, but we are confident that the security forces will succeed to clear the area," the military spokesman said.

He said the operation is aimed at breaking the contacts between Afghanistan-based Daesh (Islamic State) with Pakistani militants and stopping the Daesh militants from entering Pakistani areas from Afghanistan for terrorist activities.

Read the full story at Xinhua