US Missiles Kill 8 Militants in Pakistan

Islamabad complains that drone strikes help Taliban
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2009 2:02 PM CST
Members of the local tribal militia keep position on a check-post at a troubled area in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region along Afghan border.   (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mahsud)
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(Newser) – An American drone attack today killed at least eight militants in a Pakistani tribal area, Reuters reports. "There are 'guests' among the dead," an anonymous intelligence official says, referring to non-Pakistani militants. The missile assault struck either a house or a bunker in South Waziristan, a Pakistani Taliban bastion near the Afghan border.

Despite protests from Islamabad that such missile strikes are bolstering local support for the Taliban, the Obama administration has continued the attacks, which began in earnest a year ago. Pakistani officials have asked to assume control of the drone technology.