[A-List] 15th, 16th U.S. Drone Strikes This Month: 19 Dead In Pakistan, Afghanistan
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Wed Sep 22 18:53:48 MDT 2010
September 21, 2010
New suspected U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan: Suspected U.S. missiles have struck today on both sides
of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. And intelligence officials say they've
killed at least 19 alleged militants.
The report comes on the same day that a NATO helicopter crash killed nine
international troops. A U.S. military official says a "large number" of
Americans were among them, but it's not clear whether troops from other
nations were also killed.
The Taliban claimed to have shot down the helicopter, but NATO said there
were no reports of hostile fire.
It was the alliance's worst chopper crash since May of 2006, when a Chinook
crashed while attempting a nighttime landing, killing 10 U.S. soldiers.
NATO is also reporting that another coalition service member died following
an explosion in southern Afghanistan.
September 21, 2010
Two US drone strikes kill 19 in Pakistan
Islamabad: At least 19 alleged militants were killed on Tuesday in two
missile attacks carried out by suspected unmanned US aircraft in Pakistan's
north-western tribal area, security officials said.
The first airstrike targeted a house that suspected Islamic militants were
using as a hideout in the border region of North Waziristan and South
Waziristan districts, where the Taliban has a strong presence. The area is
adjacent to the Afghan frontier.
'The attack was conducted on the information that the commander Shamsullah
was present in the house, but he was not there,' said an intelligence
official who spoke on condition of anonymity. 'The attack killed at least
seven people and destroyed the mud compound.'
A few hours later, as the bodies were being transported to Azam Warsak, an
area located some 15 kilometers west of Wana, the main town in South
Waziristan, the second drone attack took place.
Three missiles fired from the drone destroyed a compound, another suspected
hideout of commander Shamsullah, whose full name is not known, in Azam
'Twelve people died and eight were injured,' said a second intelligence
official who also asked for anonymity.
The second intelligence official said that Abu Sufian, another of Nazir's
commanders, had ordered his followers to leave their hideouts as drone
aircrafts were still making sorties in the Azam Warsak area.
It was the 16th air attack this month, reflecting a sharp increase in the
CIA-operated strikes which have killed more than 100 people.
Pakistan has publicly condemned the attacks, saying they kill civilians and
increase anti-US sentiment, but it is widely believed that government
intelligence agencies help to identify the targets.
The United States also avoids openly discussing the drone attacks....
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