News / Asia

US Drone Strike Kills 15 Militants in Pakistan

Sharon Behn
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Al-Qaida and Taliban-linked militants are coming under increasing fire on the both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border. The United States has conducted its third drone strike in as many days.

U.S. unmanned drones fired missiles at suspected insurgent hideouts in North Waziristan on Monday, killing at least 15 people.  The Pakistani tribal area is a known hideout for militants.

Pakistan officials confirmed the dawn attack, which brings to at least 27 the total number of people killed in U.S. drone strikes in the last three days.

The strikes targeted militant leaders known to send fighters over the border into Afghanistan, and appeared to complement anti-Taliban operations there.

According to NATO, Afghan and coalition troops conducted more than 100 special operations in May, capturing and killing dozens of high-level al-Qaida, Taliban and other insurgent leaders.

Mohammad Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the Afghanistan’s Helmand provincial governor, confirmed the latest death -- that of a top Taliban commander in the southern province.

He says that Mullah Abdul Salam Abid and a number of his fighters were killed by Afghan national army special units around three days ago.  He says Abid had led Taliban operations in northern Helmand, and also was the brother of Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir, the Taliban’s second in command.

The Afghan National Directorate of Security says Afghan security forces handed over the body of Abid to tribal elders for burial.

In neighboring Pakistan, U.S. drone attacks against Taliban militants have continued despite public demands by the Pakistani government that they stop.

But security analyst Talat Masood says that privately, some Pakistani official are less than adamantly opposed to the strategy.

“There are many within the Pakistan military establishment as well as political circles who think that drones do have a certain value,” Talat said.

The continued strikes could, however, further sour diplomatic relations between Washington and Islamabad.  Relations between the two have been strained since the killing last year of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a U.S. strike, which led Pakistan to shut down supply routes to NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Despite its complicated relationship with Pakistan, there is no indication Washington intends to stop using drones in its fight against the Taliban, al-Qaida and other insurgents.

You May Like

Nigeria Incumbent in Tight Spot as Poll Nears

Muhammadu Buhari is running a strong challenge to Goodluck Jonathan, amid a faltering economy and Boko Haram security worries More

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo tells VOA that despite her fame, life is still a struggle as she waits for government's promise of support to arrive More

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

At least seven different indigenous groups in Ratanakiri depend mainly on forest products for their survival, say they face loss of their land, traditional way of life More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Sania khan from: Karachi
June 04, 2012 10:36 AM
The apology was not just for the cross-border attack It was for killing 26 army personels in cold blood at the border.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More