Drone Strike Kills 20 in Pakistan

Latest strike kills militants belonging to the Haqqani network
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 10, 2011 8:17 AM CDT
Pakistani tribesmen carry the coffin of a person allegedly killed in a US drone attack during a June 15 strike in the North Waziristan region, 10 kilometers away from Miranshah, on June 16, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – American-fired missiles killed 20 Islamist militants in northwest Pakistan today, most of them members of a powerful insurgent network fighting the US presence in Afghanistan, say Pakistani intelligence officials. Two missiles slammed into a house in North Waziristan, a militant hotspot that lies just across the border from Afghanistan. Unnamed officials say 14 of the dead were Afghan militants belonging to the Haqqani network, a Taliban-linked militant faction fighting the US in Afghanistan. Six were Pakistani militants supporting the group, which America regards as one of its deadliest foes in Afghanistan.

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