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Pakistan: Another Apparent U.S. Missile Strike on Terrorists

October 11, 2008

By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD, Associated Press Writer

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – A suspected U.S. missile strike killed three people late Saturday in a town near the Afghan border, the latest in a series of attacks in a region where top al-Qaida leaders are believed to be living, two intelligence officials said.

Two unmanned drones were seen above Miran Shah in north Waziristan minutes before missiles hit a factory in the town, they said, based on reports from informants in the town.

Department of Defense (DOD) file photo shows an unmanned Predator ...
Above: U.S. Predator drone can be missile armed….

The pair said three people were killed, but no other information was immediately available. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. U.S. officials were not immediately available for comment.

Al-Qaida and Taliban fighters have established bases throughout Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal regions, where they are said to plan attacks on U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan as well as violence in Pakistan.

Under U.S. pressure, Pakistan has carried out military offensives against insurgents while also trying to woo various tribes to turn against extremists. But in recent weeks, the U.S. has signaled its impatience with Pakistani efforts.

The U.S. is suspected in at least 11 missile strikes on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border since mid-August, killing more than 100 people, most of them alleged militants, according to an Associated Press count based on Pakistan intelligence numbers.

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Pakistan: Militants move beyond tribal areas

November 5, 2007

By Anwar Iqbal
The Washington Times
November 5, 2007

Islamist militants, cited by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in his declaration of a state of emergency, are for the first time threatening the government outside their stronghold in the tribal areas along the Afghan border.

In the first two days of the emergency, security forces have been busier rounding up Supreme Court judges and the president’s political opponents in the capital than going after the militants.

But insofar as the crisis was provoked by the growing strength of the extremists, it was their new offensive in the Swat Valley — a scenic area known as the Switzerland of Pakistan — that prodded Gen. Musharraf to drastic action.

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Tougher U.S. Stance on Pakistan Took Months

August 5, 2007

By Karen DeYoung and Joby Warrick
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, August 5, 2007

Last September, when Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf visited the White House to tout a controversial plan for driving al-Qaeda from his country, President Bush responded at a joint news conference with a trademark profession of faith. When Musharraf “looks me in the eye” and says there “won’t be a Taliban and there won’t be an al-Qaeda, I believe him,” Bush said.

Ten months later, the administration’s top terrorism official gave reporters a starkly different view of that plan, declaring that al-Qaeda had established a safe haven inside the very country that Bush had hailed as a “strong partner” in the war on terrorism. Musharraf’s anti-terrorism plan “hasn’t worked for Pakistan. It hasn’t worked for the United States,” Frances Fragos Townsend, White House homeland security adviser, said in late July.

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British Make Initial Gains Against Taliban