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US Restarts Drone Attacks, Kills 4 in Pakistan Strike

Officials insist there was no moratorium
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2012 7:10 AM CST

(Newser) – The US' drone war in Pakistan is back on. The US launched its first strike last night since a November attack that killed 28 Pakistani soldiers and ratcheted the already fraught tensions between the two nations to a new high. The attack hit a North Waziristan home just before midnight, killing at least four, the AP reports. "It was an unusually big bang," one local college student says. "In the morning, we saw a modest mud house had been destroyed."

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So far there's no indication if the US cleared the strike with Islamabad. Despite the long pause since the controversial attack, US officials tell Reuters that there was never a deliberate moratorium on drone strikes, instead implying that it had simply lacked sufficient intelligence to launch any. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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