Suspected US Drone Attack Kills 14 in Pakistan
By VOA News
07 July 2009
Intelligence officials in Pakistan say a suspected U.S. drone has fired missiles into a Taliban training camp in northwest Pakistan, killing as many as 14 militants.
Officials say the attack took place Tuesday in South Waziristan, along the country's border with Afghanistan.
The area is a stronghold of Baitullah Mehsud, a top Taliban leader and al-Qaida ally wanted by both Pakistan and the United States.
Mehsud is blamed for scores of attacks against government and civilian targets, and is believed to be a key facilitator for al-Qaida fighters in Pakistan.
Pakistan's military has been fighting Taliban militants throughout the country's northwest for more than two months.
Islamabad deployed soldiers there to stop insurgents from fleeing into Pakistan after a major U.S. offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, which borders Pakistan.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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