Article Photos: Pakistan army launches offensive against militants 1/3

FILE - In this file photo taken on Aug. 5, 2012, Pakistani Taliban patrol in their stronghold of Shawal in Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan. The Pakistani army said it has launched a "comprehensive operation" against foreign and local militants in a tribal region near the Afghan border. An army statement issued Sunday, June 15, 2014 said the long-awaited offensive in North Waziristan was started at the direction of the government of Pakistan. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud, File)