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Officials: Air Strikes Kill 15 Militants In Northwest Pakistan

A mountain range in North Waziristan.
A mountain range in North Waziristan.

Pakistani intelligence officials say air strikes killed at least 15 suspected militants on May 21.

A local security commander and two intelligence officials said the strikes occurred in the northwestern Shawal Valley in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.

The valley is a key smuggling route between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Taliban used to control all of North Waziristan, a mountainous region along the Afghan border. But the Pakistani military launched an operation there in June and has recaptured most of it.

The area is a stronghold of Khan "Sajna" Said, a leader of a Taliban faction whose name was added to a sanctions list of "specially designated global terrorists" by U.S. authorities last year.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP