Six Militants Kill in US drone Attack

March 13, 2011 10:00 pm0 commentsViews: 3

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A US drone strike targeting a rebel vehicle and a compound on Sunday killed six militants and wounded 5 others in a very Pakistani tribal region close to the Afghan border, officers said.

The unmanned aircraft fired missiles in mountainous Spalga village, fifteen kilometres (nine miles) northeast of Miranshah, the most city in North Waziristan tribal district and a stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked rebels.

"US drones fired six missiles targeting a militant vehicle and a close-by rebel compound owned by a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader, Rahimullah, killing six militants," a senior security official in Miranshah told AFP.

Five militants were additionally wounded within the attack, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The identities of these killed and injured weren’t immediately known.

Another security official additionally confirmed the strike and casualties however said it had been not clear what percentage drones had taken half within the attack.

He added that many drones were still flying within the space.

Earlier within the day, a US missile strike within the lawless tribal region of South Waziristan had missed its target — a militant vehicle — permitting a minimum of four militants to escape.

Missile attacks doubled within the tribal areas last year because the covert campaign was stepped up, with quite one hundred drone strikes killing over 670 folks in 2010 compared with forty five strikes that killed 420 in 2009, consistent with an AFP tally.

Most are focused in North Waziristan, the foremost notorious Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda bastion in Pakistan, where the u.  s. desires the Pakistan military to launch a ground offensive as soon as attainable.

But despite pressure from Washington, Pakistan has stalled on launching such an offensive in North Waziristan, saying its troops are already overstretched.

The US ambassador to Islamabad, Cameron Munter, told reporters in December that US officers would love to envision Pakistan launch an offensive there "tomorrow" however acknowledged that troops were stretched too skinny to act immediately.

The u.  s. doesn’t ensure drone attacks, however its military and also the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operating in Afghanistan are the sole forces that deploy them within the region.

The US strikes are deeply unpopular among the Pakistani public, who additionally see military action on Pakistani soil as a breach of national sovereignty.

But Islamabad tacitly cooperates with the bombing campaign, that US officers say has severely weakened Al-Qaeda’s leadership and killed high-value targets together with the previous Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud.

US officers say Pakistan-based militants are active in escalating a nine-year insurgency in Afghanistan, putting up a deadly fight against a hundred and forty,000 US-led NATO troops there and seeking to bring down the Western-backed government in Kabul.

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