Today, the Pakistani military initiated the much anticipated cleaning operation in the South Waziristan region, close to the Afghanistan border, in an effort to root out the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other foreign militant fighters, that have made the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), their home base and the platform from which, the militant factions have spread wide spread terror into the heart of Pakistan and providing assistance to the insurgent fighters, waging a war against the coalition forces in Afghanistan.
According to military estimates, more than 60 militants have already died in the first 24 hours of the battle and some fighters have been seen running for cover and fleeing the immediate area of combat, The Pakistan military has also lost 5 of its soldiers in the fighting. This most recent war against the terrorists is the direct result of the string of suicide bombings that have rattled Pakistani security apparatus and the struck fear in the heart of the population.
The military offensive is comprised of more than 28,000 soldiers, up in arms against 10,000 battle hardened Taliban fighters, along with an estimated 1,000 foreign fighters from Uzbekistan. There are also reports of Arab fighters from Al-Qaeda, joining the battle against the military. The Pakistan forces involved in the battle are being closely supported by artillery and close air support, provided by helicopters and fighter aircrafts, that have been pounding the enemy defense lines and been trying to clear a path for the military forces.