Friday, April 22, 2011

US missiles kill 25 people in Pakistan tribal area

Yahoo! News, Apr 22, 2011

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In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, left, listens to Pakistan's Ch  
AP – In this photo released by Inter Services Public Relations, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff … 
 
By MUNIR AHMED and ANWARULLAH KHAN, Associated Press  Fri Apr 22, 6:21 am ET
 
ISLAMABAD – U.S. drones fired a volley of missiles into a militant-held Pakistani region close to the Afghan border on Friday, killing 25 people, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The strike came a day after Pakistan’s army chief denounced such attacks, and could further sour deteriorating relations between Washington and Islamabad.

Ten missiles hit a house in Spinwam village in North Waziristan, a region home to Taliban militants targeting American and NATO troops just across the border in Afghanistan, as well as international al-Qaida terrorists, three intelligence officials said.

Three children and two women were believed to be among the dead, they said. There was no way to immediately independently confirm that.

America has been regularly firing missiles into the border region for 2 1/2 years now, but does not formally acknowledge the CIA-run program. U.S. officials rarely comment on specific strikes but have said in general terms that they accurately hit militants.

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