Friday, December 18, 2009

US drones kill 15 militants as tension between Pakistan and America rises

The Times/UK, December 18, 2009

Zahid Hussain in Islamabad

US drones fired ten missiles, killing at least 15 suspected militants in Pakistan’s border region as relations between Washington and Islamabad hit a new low.

The raid in North Waziristan came amidst a renewed political turmoil in Pakistan triggered by a court ruling to re-open corruption cases against President Zardari, a key US ally in the battle against Islamic militants. Relations between the two countries are strained after Pakistan introduced security checks on US diplomatic vehicles and delayed visas for US officials and contractors.

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