Posts Tagged ‘missiles’

The Associated Press
Tuesday, November 30, 2010; 11:44 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan — Once sharply curtailed because of complaints over civilian casualties, U.S. and NATO forces have ramped up the air war in Afghanistan since this summer.


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KABUL — NATO’s new secretary-general pledged Wednesday that the alliance would remain in Afghanistan despite flagging support in many nations from voters anxious over rising deaths among civilians and Western forces.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen flew to Kabul to meet with politicians and military leaders two days after taking control of an alliance that is struggling to maintain its cohesion and relevance as it battles Taliban insurgents thousands of miles (kilometers) from Europe. (more…)

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By BBC News

A suspected US missile strike in north-west Pakistan, the second drone attack in four days, has killed 13 people.

Local officials in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, said the dead included women and children as well as militants – some of them foreigners.

But a Taleban spokesman denied this, saying all those killed were civilians.

The US military does not routinely confirm drone attacks, but US forces in Afghanistan are believed to be the only ones in the region with the capability.

Pakistan is critical of drone use because, it says, civilians are often killed, fuelling support for militants.


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By The Guardian

Two missiles fired from a suspected US drone killed at least 12 people and wounded several more in Pakistan‘s tribal region yesterday.

The missiles hit a building believed to be a Taliban safehouse in Orakzai, close to the Afghan border. According to reports, militants sealed off the building immediately afterwards.

The attack by an unmanned Predator aircraft was targeted at Hakimullah Mehsud, a commander in the Pakistani Taliban, a Pakistani intelligence official said. But he escaped the American missiles. “He wasn’t there, but we wish he was,” added the official.


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By Ishtiaq Mahsud

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – Suspected U.S. missile strikes killed eight people Monday in northwest Pakistan, where al-Qaida and Taliban leaders are believed hiding, officials and witnesses said. (more…)

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