Pakistan's military says its troops have recaptured a large swath of territory in and around the northwestern Swat Valley, destroying terrorist bases and killing hundreds of militants.
Military officials Sunday said dozens of Pakistani soldiers are dug in on the recently captured strategic ridge, Banai Baba Ziarat, which served as a major training facility for the Taliban.
A regional commander, Major-General Sajjad Ghani said the capture of the ridge is a major setback for the militants. He said his troops' mission is to "kill and eliminate" terrorists and their bases without giving any concessions.
Also Sunday, Pakistani troops continued their push into Swat's main town of Mingora, killing at least five suspected militants and arresting several others.
Elsewhere in the northwest, Pakistani aircraft bombed several suspected Taliban targets in the Orakzai tribal region, including an Islamic school (madrassa), killing at least 13 suspected militants.