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  1. US senators visit onetime al-Qaida stronghold in Pakistan

US senators visit onetime al-Qaida stronghold in Pakistan

Pakistan says a U.S. Senate delegation has paid a rare visit to a tribal region along the Afghanistan border that has long been considered a stronghold of al-Qaida, the Taliban and other insurgents.

By: | Islamabad | Published: July 4, 2016 12:01 PM
US senators visit onetime al-Qaida stronghold in Pakistan The Foreign Office said in a statement that the delegation led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and chairman of the Armed Services Committee, visited the North Waziristan tribal region today. (Reuters)

Pakistan says a U.S. Senate delegation has paid a rare visit to a tribal region along the Afghanistan border that has long been considered a stronghold of al-Qaida, the Taliban and other insurgents.

The Foreign Office said in a statement that the delegation led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and chairman of the Armed Services Committee, visited the North Waziristan tribal region today.

Foreigners are largely banned from the tribal region, where Pakistan has been waging a military offensive to root out insurgents for two years.

The U.S. frequently carries out drone strikes in the region targeting Taliban and al-Qaida leaders.

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