The Taliban killed nine Pakistani soldiers during a ambush in a region where the military has claimed success in the recent past.
The Taliban ambushed the Pakistani military unit as it conducted a search operation in the town of Daburi, just outside the main town of Kalaya. Fighting was described as "fierce" as the two sides battled in the town.
The military claimed that 37 Taliban fighters were killed in the counterattack. Two Pakistani officers and seven soldiers were reported killed in the attack, AFP reported.
Arakzai is one of several regions where the Taliban regrouped after the military launched an offensive against the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan in the Mehsud tribal region in South Waziristan. The Taliban have also regrouped in North Waziristan, Kurram, Khyber, Mohmand, and Bannu. Hakeemullah Mehsud, the current leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan
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