Pakistan has put its military bases on high alert, after a small band of Taliban militants stormed an air base near the capital, Islamabad, wearing military uniforms and suicide belts, and firing rocket-propelled grenades. Government forces repelled the attack in a firefight that lasted several hours, killing eight militants and starting a search for others who escaped. The U.S. said this week it's expecting Pakistan to launch an assault on Islamist fighters in the North Waziristan tribal region, but some analysts say the attack on one of the country's biggest air bases — the third such strike in as many years — raises concerns about Pakistan's ability to keep militant groups from threatening security all over the country.
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