Published On: Wed, Jun 18th, 2014

U.S. Drone Strike Kills 5 Militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan

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This was the first drone strike since Pakistan launched a full-scale military operation against militants in North Waziristan, and the third this month. At least 11 militants, including a senior Haqqani Network commander, were killed last week when a six-month lull was broken by two drone strikes in North Waziristan.

 

The Haqqani Network is affiliated with the Afghan Taliban, but is largely autonomous. It is based in North Waziristan, and operates across the border in eastern Afghanistan. Designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. in 2012, it has carried out high-profile attacks against Western targets in Afghanistan, including one on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in 2011.

 

The drone strike on Wednesday targeted a Haqqani Network compound in the Danday Darpakhel area around 4 a.m. local time, on the outskirts of North Waziristan’s capital Miranshah, Pakistani intelligence officials said. In addition to the five killed, two militants were wounded in the strike. A store and at least two vehicles were destroyed.

 

The death toll could not be independently verified.

 

Pakistan’s full-scale offensive against militants in North Waziristan entered its fourth day on Wednesday. At least 200 militants and eight Pakistani soldiers have been killed so far in the operation, according to the military. The offensive began on June 15, a week after a brazen Taliban attack on the country’s busiest airport in Karachi.

 

Several militant groups, including al Qaeda, the Haqqani Network and the Pakistani Taliban are based in North Waziristan.

 

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