Thursday, February 16, 2012

US drone kills several insurgents in Pakistan

thursday morning US drone(s) kills 5 or 7 insurgents in North Waziristan.
here are the different news agencies reports:

from SAMAA:

MIRANSHAH: At least seven people were reported killed in missile strike at a remote area of North Waziristan, SAMAA reports Thursday.

Sources said a suspected US drone fired two missiles on house in Tehsil Sapalga of the North Waziristan trial belt, bordering Afghanistan.

The strike, carried out in wee hours of Thursday, left seven people dead, injuring seven others. They were later taken to nearby hospital, sources said.

Identification of those dead was not immediately known.


from DAWN:

MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed five insurgents in a northwest Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border Thursday, security officials said.

“Two missiles were fired by a US drone on a compound used by militants in Spalga town near Miranshah and five militants have been killed,” a security official said.

The attack was confirmed by two other security officials in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan region, known as a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants.

Security officials said several other militants were wounded but the exact number was not immediately known.

Pakistani officials and a member of his group told AFP that Mansoor who reputedly sent fighters to Afghanistan and ran a training camp in North Waziristan, was killed in a drone strike near the Afghan border.


from Bill Roggio - LWJ:

Unmanned US Predator or Reaper strike aircraft killed seven "militants" in the Miramshah area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan today in the first strike in a week.

The CIA operated drones fired a pair of missiles at a compound used by "militants" in the village of Spalga near Miramshah, according to AFP. SAMAA reported that seven people were killed and seven more were wounded in the strike. The exact target of the strike has not been disclosed, and the identity of those killed is not known.

Senior terrorists are known to have sheltered in the village of Tapi in the past. The US has struck at targets in the village four other times since the end of 2009, according to data on the strikes that has been compiled by The Long War Journal.

Saleh al Somali, al Qaeda's operations chief, was killed in a US drone strike in Spalga on Dec. 9, 2009. Al Somali was a longtime al Qaeda operative who was present in Mogadishu during the nfamous Black Hawk Down incident that resulted in the deaths of 19 US troops and hundreds of Somalis during an operation to detain a warlord in the capital in the fall of 1993.

Al Qaeda's external operations network has been a prime target of the covert US air campaign in Pakistan's tribal areas. The US has targeted al Qaeda and Taliban camps designated to train operatives holding foreign passports, while the leadership of the external operations branch has also been hit hard.

The Haqqani Network, a Taliban group that operates in North Waziristan as well as in eastern Afghanistan, administers the area where today's attack took place. Al Qaeda leaders and operatives, who are closely allied with the Haqqani Network, shelter in the area, as do other terror groups.

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