Author: By Munir Ahmad, Associated Press
It was the second such attack in 24 hours in the South Waziristan tribal area,
which is the stronghold of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud and a
rumored hiding place for top al-Qaida leaders.
Mehsud is also being targeted by the Pakistani army, which accuses him and his
followers of being behind 90 percent of the terrorist attacks in the country
in recent years.
Despite the apparent convergence of interests, the army insists the America
missile attacks are hurting its attempts to kill or capture Meshsud because
they alienate local tribesman they are trying to enlist in their campaign
The suspected drone fired six missiles at the mountain top training camp in
the Karwan Manza area of South Waziristan before dawn Wednesday, the
officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to
speak to media.
The nationality and the identity of the slain men were not immediately known.
The United States is believed to have launched more than 40 missile strikes
against targets in the border area since last August, according to a count
by The Associated Press. Washington does not directly acknowledge launching
the missiles, which have killed civilians as well as militants and
contributed to anti-U.S. sentiment in Pakistan.
The Pakistan government routinely protests the strikes as violation of the
country’s sovereignty and has publicly asked the United States to give them
the technology to launch their own attacks. But many analysts suspect the
government ? which has received billions of dollars a year from the United
States in aid since 2001 ? secretly cooperates with them.
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