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The Taliban are digging in for a "bloody urban battle" against the Pakistani army in a hotly disputed city in the western part of the country, a strategic expert warned Thursday.

"The Taliban are concentrating forces in Mingora -- digging trenches, laying mines, taking positions on rooftops," said Reva Bhalla, the director of strategic analysis at Stratfor, a private firm that describes itself as a global intelligence company.

"It is not clear if the Pakistani military is trained and even equipped to go into a situation like that," she said, adding that even the United States military "would have to think twice" about such an offensive. Read full article »

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