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Drone Strike Reported in Pakistan

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ISMAIL KHAN and DECLAN WALSH
NY Times
Match 10, 2013

PESHAWAR — Two suspected militants were killed Sunday morning in the volatile North Waziristan tribal region by what Pakistani and Taliban officials said was a drone strike.

If confirmed, the attack could be the first American strike in Waziristan in two months — one of the longest operational pauses since the drone campaign started in earnest in mid-2008.

Two Pakistani officials, one in Peshawar and a second in the tribal belt, said that missiles fired from a C.I.A.-operated drone hit the militants at Degan village in Dattakhel area, about 20 miles from Miram Shah, the main town in North Waziristan.

“Details are sketchy. We don’t know the identity of those killed, and our local contacts say the bodies were unrecognizable and beyond recognition,” a senior official in Peshawar said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. “We don’t know if they were locals or foreign militants.”

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