Pakistani Army Captures Former Al-Qaeda Training Compound
The Pakistani Army confirmed on Tuesday that it has captured Laddah, a compound that officials say was used by Al-Qaeda for ideological and military training. The Army cited intercepted communications as evidence of foreign fighter presence, and Arabic jihadi literature was also found on the premises. The successful takeover of the compound is the latest chapter in the Pakistani Army’s continuing offensive into Southern Waziristan, and officials said that the Army has already moved on to Makin, the hometown of deceased Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. While the Army estimates that its operations have so far killed over 500 militants, roughly 10,000 insurgents remain in the surrounding area.
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