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Battles rage on Pakistan border
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 : Pakistan's army says 45 soldiers and 150 pro-Taleban militants have died in three days of fierce clashes.
US and Nato have been pressing Pakistan to do more to stop militants crossing the border to attack their troops.
The fighting is centred around the town of Mir Ali.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 : Hundreds flee as fierce fighting in tribal region leaves at least 195 people dead.
Pakistani warplanes have pounded positions of armed groups in North Waziristan, as fighting rages for a fourth day in a tribal region known to support al-Qaeda and Taliban. An army spokesman said on Tuesday: "Aircraft were used to attack militants' positions near Mir Ali this afternoon."
The spokesman had no details of casualties from the air strike, though residents and a security official in North Waziristan put the number of people killed at close to 50.
There has been intense fighting since Saturday night around the town of Mir Ali, and nearly 200 people had been killed before Tuesday's air assault.
Thousands of families were getting out of the town of 50,000 and outlying villages, making their way on foot, in tractor trailers and cars.Read More