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10 Soldiers, Dozens Of Militants Killed In Pak Tribal Area

Ten soldiers and 40 suspected Taliban fighters were killed when heavily armed militants stormed a military checkpost in the Jogi area of Pakistan's Kurram tribal region on Tuesday, Pak media reported quoting officials.

The reports said helicopter gunships were mobilized to repulse the attack in which 32 security personnel were also injured. Military officials claimed that they have regained control of the strategically located region close to Orakzai district, the birth place of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. More than 300 Taliban militants took part in the attack that continued until Tuesday morning.

Pakistani forces' incursion into the lawless tribal belt bordering Afghanistan had not succeeded in dislodging al-Qaeda and Taliban militants from the inaccessible mountainous region where the United States had carried out several drone strikes targeting them.

President Barack Obama has admitted for the first time that the United States had carried out regular drone strikes on militant targets in Pakistan's tribal regions, stressing that such strikes allowed the U.S. military to hit militant targets inside Pakistan without engaging in more "intrusive military action."

Obama made the admission, the first by any high-ranking U.S. official, during Monday's hour-long video "hangout" on Google's social network, Google+, while answering questions by people participating in the interactive Web interview.

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