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KHAWAZAKHELA, Pakistan — A top Pakistani general said Friday that the military had succeeded in clearing two militant strongholds in upper parts of the contested Swat Valley, including this city, and was just a week away from taking over a third.
“Essentially, at this point in time, we are looking at eliminating the hard-core militants,” Maj. Gen. Sajjad Ghani, the commanding officer of the military operation in the upper part of Swat, said in a briefing for journalists here. Khawazakhela is one of the largest cities in Swat, with a population estimated at more than 500,000.
“The commandos have already landed on the mountain peaks and ridges” around Peochar, he said. “The militants are surrounded and encircled from all sides.” General Ghani said residents could begin to return to Khawazakhela and Matta in 15 days.
Originally posted by Max_TO
Would I be correct in saying that the region in Afghanistan that the " coalition " doesn't control is far larger then any region of Pakistan that is not under government " control "