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US Drone Strike Kills 5 in Pakistan

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North and South Waziristan, part of the Federally Administered Trial Area (FATA)

North and South Waziristan, part of the Federally Administered Trial Area (FATA)

A U.S. drone strike has killed at least five militants in Pakistan's turbulent northwest.

Two missiles hit the village of Datta Khel in North Waziristan, a stronghold of al-Qaida and Taliban-linked fighters near the Afghan border.

Last month, two strikes in the same area killed at least 26 militants.

North Waziristan is home base to local and foreign fighters suspected of attacking U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

U.S. drone strikes are a serious source of tension between Washington and Islamabad. The Pakistani government regards them as a violation of the country's sovereignty.

Pakistan's military launched a major offensive against local and foreign extremists entrenched in the mountainous border region of North Waziristan in June.

The military ordered the civilian population in the area to leave before it launched a ground offensive, forcing an estimated 1 million people into nearby Pakistani towns and cities.

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