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Pakistan Withdraws nearly immediately after release of soldiers, they pack up and call it quits.

Eleven soldiers were released Sunday morning and two local officials were expected to be released later in the day or early Monday, said Brig. Mahmood Shah, the regional security chief.

Of course at the same time declaring victory. Who knows, perhaps their reports are right.

Sultan (Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan) said the sweep operation has been successful, with more than 50 suspected militants killed and 163 captured. Pakistani forces also suffered casualties, though Sultan refused to release figures until the operation is over.

Thursday their an Interior Minister had made this claim.

Pakistani interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayyat vowed earlier Thursday that the operation in South Waziristan, which began 10 days ago, would continue until the “complete elimination” of terrorists holed up there.

They may have injured an important player if not the Al Qaeda Number 2.

Late Saturday, military spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said recently gathered intelligence - combined with eyewitness accounts - indicated that alleged terrorist Tahir Yuldash had been badly wounded and was in hiding. He said Pakistani forces were not close to capturing him.

"He might have slipped away, he's on the run," Sultan said.

Yuldash is the leader of an Uzbek terror group allied with al-Qaida called the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. He was previously mentioned as one of two possible "high-value targets" cornered when Pakistan's military began the sweep of South Waziristan on March 16.

I can just never seem to trust the Warlord deals that seem to occur during ceasefires.


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