Pakistan begins South Waziristan offensive - 17 Oct 09

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Pakistan's military has begun its campaign against the Taliban in South Waziristan, long-promised after a series of deadly attacks by Taliban fighters across the country.

About 150,000 people are thought to have fled South Waziristan ahead of the assault, only to find that no preparations have been made for civilians caught up in the conflict.

Meanwhile, many analysts say the reasons behind Islamabad's domestic crisis lie north of the border in Afghanistan.

Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnson reports on the Pakistani military's newest campaign against the Taliban.