Panicked refugees pour out of Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan

June 19, 2014 10:44 AM

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Panicked refugees pour out of Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan

BAKA KHEL Pakistan (Reuters) - Their belongings piled high on buses, rickety donkey carts and tractors, thousands of refugees poured out of Pakistan's North Waziristan on Thursday, terrified by both state troops and Taliban insurgents fighting for control of the troubled region.

Pakistan announced the start of a full-on military offensive on Sunday to quash an increasingly assertive Taliban insurgency in the ethnic Pashtun region, the base of some of the country's most feared al Qaeda-linked militants.

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