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New York Times

By ERIC SCHMITT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s Air Force is improving its ability to pinpoint and attack militant targets with precision weapons, adding a new dimension to the country’s fight against violent extremism, according to Pakistani military officials and independent analysts.

The Pakistani military has moved away from the scorched-earth artillery and air tactics used last year against insurgents in the Bajaur tribal agency. In recent months, the air force has shifted from using Google Earth to sophisticated images from spy planes and other surveillance aircraft, and has increased its use of laser-guided bombs.

The changes reflect an effort by the Pakistani military to conduct its operations in a way that will not further alienate the population by increasing civilian casualties and destroying property. But they are also dictated by necessity as the military takes its campaign into areas where it is reluctant to commit ground troops, particularly in the rugged terrain of Waziristan, where it had suffered heavy losses. (more…)

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updated 4:00 a.m. EDT, Mon June 29, 2009

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — An explosive detonated under a bridge, injuring five civilians and three policemen Monday morning in northwest Pakistan, police said. (more…)

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By ROHAN SULLIVAN

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s military chief denounced terrorists as enemies of the country and Islam, but warned his officers Monday to avoid killing civilians as they widen their operations against the Taliban. (more…)

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June 9, 2009

NEW YORK – The UN has received just $136 million, or just under one-fourth, of the $543 million it has appealed for to aid the three million civilians who have been displaced by the Pakistani military’s anti-Taliban operations in the country’s restive northwest. (more…)

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