Airstrikes continue in Waziristan

News article, posted 02.25.2014, from Pakistan, in:

Pakistan's military launched another wave of airstrikes against suspected militant hideouts in North and South Waziristan on Tuesday, killing at least 30 Taliban fighters (AP, BBC, Dawn, ET). It is unclear how many civilians have died in the assaults. It is also impossible to verify these claims independently as the area is off limits to reporters.

According to multiple media outlets, the latest strikes occurred in the Shawal Valley and Datta Khel areas, reportedly home to the militant group's training facilities. They were the fourth in a series of air assaults that have occurred since Feb. 20, after peace talks stalled between the government and Taliban peace committees (AFP, VOA). Fearing a full-scale military operation, thousands of local residents have fled the region for less volatile areas, such Bannu and Kohat (NYT, RFE/RL).

The strikes will likely continue as the government decided on Tuesday to carry out "surgical strikes...in response to all terrorist attacks, not just those targeting security forces" (ET). At a meeting to discuss the country's Internal Security Policy, the federal cabinet also called for an unconditional ceasefire from the Taliban.