Tuesday, July 7, 2009
A suspected U.S. drone fired a missile into a Pakistani Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing at least 14 militants, intelligence officials and residents said.
The United States, grappling with an intensifying Afghan insurgency, began stepping up attacks by pilotless drone aircraft on northwestern Pakistani militant enclaves a year ago despite the complaints of its ally, Pakistan.
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The latest attack was in the South Waziristan region, in a stronghold of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, the officials and residents said.
“Fourteen militants have been killed and several wounded in the attack that targeted an important compound of Baitullah Mehsud,” said Jan Mohammad Mehsud, a resident of the area.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 4:14 am