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Pakistani Refugees Trickle Home to Swat Valley

Several hundred refugees began returning home to Pakistan's Swat Valley on Monday, part of a government repatriation program to resettle an estimated 2 million people who were displaced from their homes last spring because of fighting.

At least 94 Islamist militants, 14 soldiers and 28 civilians were killed in battles in the Pakistan's northwestern Swat valley over the past week, while the country's army is planning a major operation against the militants, the army said Monday.

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