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Thursday, October 13, 2011

U.S. missile kills Haqqani 'coordinator' in Pakistan - 13th Oct 2011

An American missile strike killed a ranking member of the militant Haqqani network on Thursday in northwestern Pakistan, striking at a group that Washington claims is the No. 1 threat in Afghanistan and is supported by Pakistani security forces, local intelligence officials said.

The strike came hours before U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman arrived in Pakistan for talks aimed at improving ties between Washington and Islamabad that have been severely strained by stepped-up American claims of Pakistan assistance to the Haqqanis.

Two other militants were killed in the attack close in the Haqqani stronghold of North Waziristan, the group's main sanctuary along the Afghan border, said the Pakistani officials in the region. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

They identified the Haqqani member as Jalil and said he was a "coordinator" for the group. The men were walking down a street when the drone-fired missile hit, the officials said. One said Jalil was related to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of the network.

The missiles hit close to Dande Darpa Khel village, which is home to a large seminary with links to the Haqqanis. Read More