Army troops have retaken the largest town in the Swat Valley from the Taliban as the military presses its offensive against militants in the scenic valley, the army spokesman said Saturday. Forces had full control of Mingora, though they were still meeting pockets of resistance from fighters on the outskirts of the town, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told a foreign news agency. The military launched a major offensive one month ago in the Swat Valley and neighboring areas to oust Taliban militants who were extending their control over the northwestern region, near the border with Afghanistan. The campaign is strongly backed by Washington and the government's other Western allies, who see it as a test of the government's resolve to fight extremism in the Pakistan, says a foreign news agency in its commentary. "As far as Mingora city, security forces have taken over," Abbas said. "There are still pockets of resistance. They are on the periphery of Mingora city." Government troops have been advancing steadily into the Swat region, bombarding towns from the air and fighting house-to-house with Taliban gunmen.