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Heavily armed militants put up a fierce fight on Tuesday to protect a Taliban stronghold in South Waziristan, Pakistan's military said.

Taliban fighters attacked incoming troops in the village of Kotkai, using rocket launchers and heavy anti-aircraft machine guns, said a senior military official.

More than 20 militants and four soldiers died, he said. Three soldiers were wounded. Read full article »

Journalist Nasir Habib and CNN's Reza Sayah contributed to this report.

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