"This is a Government of Pakistan operation. We have long supported Pakistan efforts to extend their sovereignty throughout the country and stability throughout the country," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

This is an entirely Pakistan-led and executed operation, she said.

"We have long supported any Pakistani efforts to extend stability and sovereignty in their own country," she reiterated.

The Pakistan Army had on Monday launched an all-out offensive using jets and tanks in the restive North Waziristan, killing nearly 184 Taliban fighters including foreigners, while six soldiers were killed in an IED blast, the first military casualties in the operation.


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