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Asia Crisis

Pakistan needs "months" for Waziristan push-general

ISLAMABAD, Aug 18 (Reuters) - The Pakistani army needs months to prepare an offensive against the Taliban in their South Waziristan stronghold on the Afghan border, an army commander said on Tuesday.

"It's going to take months," Lieutenant-General Nadeem Ahmed told reporters after briefing visiting U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke.

Ahmed said the army was short of "the right kind of equipment" and helicopters were being used in an offensive against militants in the Swat valley, northwest of Islamabad, and they needed maintainance. (Reporting by Adam Entous; Writing by Robert Birsel, Editing by Dean Yates)

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