About 100 terrorists voluntarily surrendered to security forces in Swats Kanju region. 15 militants are dead, the army says, bringing the total death toll to 45 in just five days. The move comes after a campaign to clear the Taliban out of the north-western valley. According to Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations, Pakistani troops have conducted searches in the Swat valley, where they arrested 15 terrorists and recovered arms and ammunition. Despite the Taliban's losses, recent clashes and a suicide attack in Swat's main town, Mingora, show they are fighting back. [Brigadier Salman Akbar, Kabbal Area Commander]: "Suicide attacks, whether carried out against the police or the military, are cowardly acts that cannot weaken our determination. We have stepped up our operation." Pakistan's show of force in Swat has dispelled fears among allies that the nuclear-armed country is failing to confront spreading Islamist militancy. The surrender occurred as security forces launched an operation to flush out militants in the north-western tribal region of Khyber, bordering Afghanistan. Troops used artillery to attack militant positions, while residents say helicopter gunships fly over the area but do not take part in the operation. Hakimullah Mehsud, who led militants in the Khyber, Orakzai and Kurram tribal regions, has been chosen as the new Pakistani Taliban commander. Security officials expect Hakimullah's fighters to mount more reprisals following the killing of Baitullah <b>...</b>
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