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Jan 24, 2008
Musharraf says hunt for bin Laden is secondary
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Islamic militants in Pakistan attacked a fort near the Afghan border Tuesday, one of two clashes with government forces that left seven troops and 37 fighters dead, the army said. In Europe, President Pervez Musharraf said border attacks were "pinpricks" that his government must manage.
Musharraf said "it doesn't mean much" that Osama bin Laden and deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are still at large, and 100,000 Pakistani troops deployed to fight terrorists are not even trying to locate the two, believed to be in the border region. He insisted the remnants of the former Taliban regime in neighboring Afghanistan are the "more serious issue."
"The 100,000 troops that we are using ... are not going around trying to locate Osama bin Laden and Zawahiri, frankly," he said. "They are operating against terrorists, and in the process, if we get them, we will deal with them certainly."
The attack on the fort, the second this month, occurred in South Waziristan, a lawless tribal region where al-Qaida- and Taliban-linked militants operate. Thirty-seven militants and five troops were killed in the intense fighting.
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