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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Drone strike kills 20 people in North Waziristan

Missiles fired from a U.S. pilotless drone aircraft killed 13 militants and 7 civilians in Pakistan’s North Waziristan on Monday, security officials said.They said the missiles were fired at a militant hideout. Most of the militants killed were members of the Afghan Taliban. Four women and three children were among the dead, said the officials.“The missiles hit a militant compound and a house adjacent to it. We have confirmed reports of 20 dead,” said one of the intelligence officials.Another official said members of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network — one of the most effective militant forces fighting Western troops in Afghanistan — had been using the compound.

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