Pakistan forces back militants near Afghan border (AP) – 1893th Edition

People take part in funeral prayers for security personnel who lost their lives during fighting against militants, in Upper Dir on Thursday, June 2, 2011. Fighting between militants, who crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan and attacked a Pakistani checkpoint, killed 25 troops, three civilians and 35 insurgents, police said Thursday, in some of the deadliest clashes in recent months. (AP Photo / Dilawar Jan)AP – Pakistani helicopters and artillery on Friday forced back militants who crossed over from Afghanistan this week and triggered battles that have killed scores of people, an official said. The government demanded that NATO and Afghan troops do more to control insurgents on their side of the long, porous border.

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