Major Pakistan offensive aims to 'finish off' militants in North Waziristan

June 15, 2014 6:15 PM

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(CNN) -- Pakistan on Sunday launched a military operation in a restive province near the border with Afghanistan in an attempt to "finish off" militants in the area "once and for all," Defense Minister Khawaja Asif told CNN.

Asif said the operation, which included airstrikes early Sunday, was the government's second option, but negotiations with the Pakistani Taliban failed.

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