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seruriermarshal
01-06-2010, 08:07 AM
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MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) US missiles flattened an extremist fort used as a training centre in Pakistan's tribal belt on Wednesday, killing four militants in the fourth such strike in a week, Pakistani officials said.

The attack targeted the mud-brick fort in Sanzali village, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, and was the fourth suspected US missile attack in the tribal district in a week.

"One US drone fired two missiles. It was a Taliban training centre. We have reports that four militants were killed and five wounded," a Pakistani security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Two intelligence officials and a local administration official confirmed the attack and the same death toll.

The area is a stronghold of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who fought with the Taliban when US-led troops invaded Afghanistan and is reputed to control up to 2,000 fighters whom he sends across the border but who do not attack in Pakistan.

"It was a huge, fort-like mud-house. They were using it as a training centre and the training centre belonged to Hafiz Gul Bahadur," a Pakistani intelligence official told AFP, again on condition of anonymity.

Suspected US drones have increasingly targeted North Waziristan, a bastion of Al-Qaeda fighters, the Taliban and the Haqqani network that attacks the 113,000 US and NATO troops fighting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Washington is putting increased pressure on Pakistan to tackle militants who use its soil to launch attacks in Afghanistan and American officials have said that the highly secretive drone programme has eliminated some top fighters.

North Waziristan borders the Afghan province of Khost, where a suicide bomber killed seven CIA agents on a US base last week in the deadliest attack on the US spy agency since 1983.

Washington has put Pakistan at the heart of a new strategy for winning the eight-year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying success depends on dismantling militant sanctuaries along the porous border.

Around nine US missile strikes in North Waziristan have killed 53 people in the past month, although the identities of those killed are hard to verify as the deaths are deep in Taliban-controlled territory.

The attacks on Pakistani territory fuel anti-American sentiment in the nuclear-armed Muslim nation and the government publicly condemns the strikes. Analysts say, however, that the strikes have Islamabad's tacit approval.

More than 70 US drone missile strikes have killed at least 665 people in Pakistan since August 2008. The United States does not confirm drone attacks, but its military is the only force that deploys drones in the region.

North Waziristan neighbours South Waziristan, where Pakistan has been focusing its most ambitious military offensive yet against homegrown Taliban militants. It sent about 30,000 troops into the region on October 17.

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Panchito12
01-06-2010, 09:07 AM
Update from Yahoo: "The officials say a second strike occurred as locals were retrieving bodies from the rubble of the house, killing five people. The identities of those killed in the attacks were unknown."

Remember how the terrorists like to put a delayed device near the area of a bomb? Well I guess that we can play that game too!!

Sierra10
01-06-2010, 09:12 AM
These drone attacks are making this site more and more. Good news in my opinion

seruriermarshal
01-06-2010, 10:10 AM
Update from Yahoo: "The officials say a second strike occurred as locals were retrieving bodies from the rubble of the house, killing five people. The identities of those killed in the attacks were unknown."

Remember how the terrorists like to put a delayed device near the area of a bomb? Well I guess that we can play that game too!!

Thanks for update .

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) US drone strikes left 11 militants dead near Pakistan's Afghan border on Wednesday, while a suicide bomber killed four soldiers in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

Attacks by unmanned US spy planes and suicide bombings blamed on the Taliban have soared in the past year, with Washington determined to wipe out militant sanctuaries and the extremists vowing fierce retaliation.

A drone fired two missiles into a mud-brick fort in Sanzali village, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, in the fourth suspected US missile attack in the tribal district in a week.

Just over an hour later, a drone slammed another missile into a group of militants sifting through the wreckage, searching for survivors and picking out the dead bodies, Pakistani security officials said.

"Five militants were killed in the previous attack and six in this attack," a senior security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told AFP.

The area is a stronghold of Hafiz Gul Bahadur, who fought with the Taliban when US-led troops invaded Afghanistan and is reputed to control up to 2,000 fighters whom he sends across the border but who do not attack in Pakistan.

Washington has put Pakistan at the heart of a new strategy for turning around the eight-year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, hinging success on dismantling militant sanctuaries along the porous border.

The strikes came hours after a suicide bomber killed four soldiers outside army barracks in Tarar Khal, southeast of Muzaffarabad and near the demarcation line with India in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

The bombing came a day after President Asif Ali Zardari visited the area -- a fault line that has sparked two wars with India and distracted Pakistani attention from the expanding Taliban menace along the Afghan border.

"It was a suicide attack. The target was the army barracks. We have collected evidence and body parts," police official Irfan Masaood Kishvi said.

Sardar Khurshid, another senior police officer in the area, said four soldiers were killed and 11 wounded in the blast.

Kashmir was split into two in the bloody aftermath of independence from British rule over the subcontinent in 1947. Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan each control a part of the mountainous land but both claim the region in full.

Wednesday's attack was the fourth suicide bombing in Pakistani Kashmir since June. On December 27, a bomber killed seven people outside a mosque in Muzaffarabad and analysts warn that the Taliban are extending their reach.

Militants have killed more than 2,890 people across Pakistan since July 2007, until recently concentrating attacks in the northwest.

The elected leader of Pakistani Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider, condemned the attack in Tarar Khal and blamed Taliban-linked extremists.

"A foreign hand is involved in all these incidents. These people are not coming across the line of control but from our western borders," he said.

Islamists say their campaign, which has become deadlier over the last year, is to avenge military offensives and Pakistan's unpopular alliance with the United States in the war against the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Critical of US pressure to do more to eliminate Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants along its border with Afghanistan, the Pakistani military still eyes India as the primary threat to the country.

Suspected Islamist militants opened fire in the main market area of Indian Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar, killing a police officer. There were no early indications that the attack was linked to the suicide bombing.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and funding militants waging the insurgency in Kashmir, although Islamabad denies all charges.

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Martial
01-06-2010, 11:04 AM
How do we know they were "militants" that were killed in the strikes?

Panchito12
01-06-2010, 11:06 AM
How do we know they were "militants" that were killed in the strikes?


That's a question best addressed to God.

Muzungu
01-06-2010, 11:21 AM
How do we know they were "militants" that were killed in the strikes?

call up ISI!

Muzungu
01-06-2010, 12:22 PM
http://beta.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/07-drone-attack-kills-three-militants-in-n-waziristan-ha-07

i gotta get one of these!woot

AL-Khalid
01-06-2010, 01:15 PM
Thank you i know being an indian its your national duty to spread propaganda against pakistan.

Panchito12
01-06-2010, 01:25 PM
Thank you i know being an indian its your national duty to spread propaganda against pakistan.

Pakistan does a fine job of soiling its own house without any outside help.

Muzungu
01-06-2010, 01:31 PM
Thank you i know being an indian its your national duty to spread propaganda against pakistan.

seriously speaking, dude you dont need anybody's help to spread any kind of propaganda against pakistan!

just look around, its within your borders!