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US drone strikes kill 14 in Pakistan

Associated Press / November 8, 2010

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A pair of US drone strikes killed 14 suspected militants in northwestern Pakistan yesterday in the latest attacks against Al Qaeda and Taliban militants seeking sanctuary in the region, local intelligence officials said.

The missiles struck an hour apart in the North Waziristan — the area that has seen the overwhelming majority of drone strikes the past two months. The rugged region is home to hundreds of Pakistani and foreign militants, many belonging to or allied with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

In the first strike, one US missile slammed into a house and another hit a vehicle in the town of Ghulam Khan just north of Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, killing nine insurgents, the two officials said.

An hour later, another pair of missiles struck a vehicle in the nearby town of Datta Khel, killing five suspected militants, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. They said all five killed were foreigners.

The intelligence officials said agents on the ground were collecting more details.

North Waziristan, part of the Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal belt, is home to the Haqqani network, a powerful insurgent group that US officials say is behind many of the attacks on US and NATO forces just across the border in Afghanistan.

The group is believed to control the town hit by the first strike yesterday.

The region is too dangerous for outsiders to visit and independently confirm the attacks, and US officials do not acknowledge firing the missiles or any intended targets.

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