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Pakistan Sends Troops to Area with Taliban

According to the New York Times, the Taliban have taken power in Islamabad, a city only 70 miles from Pakistan’s capitol and a strategically important district. The Pakistani government deployed four platoons of a special unit there on Thursday at the request of the civilian commissioner of the area. This was following the four platoons that had arrived there the night before. At least one officer was killed and another seriously wounded in the clash with the Taliban when they arrived. The troops were there to protect government buildings and bridges in the district according to the Star Tribune. It is important the Taliban not gain complete control in this area because that may lead to them getting closer to the capitol.