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U.S. drones attack militants in Pakistan, Yemen (suspected al Qaeda targets)
Yahoo ^ | 3/30/12 | Mark Hosenball - Reuters

Posted on 03/30/2012 2:51:20 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-operated drones carried out deadly missile strikes against suspected al Qaeda targets in Pakistan and Yemen on Friday, U.S. government sources said.

There was no connection between the targets in the two locations, other than the fact that both sets of militants who were attacked were believed to have had some connection with al Qaeda affiliates, ..

Reports from Aden said that at least five suspected al Qaeda militants traveling in a car in southern Yemen's Shabwa province were killed when a drone strike set their vehicle on fire. Witnesses said a second drone hit an empty building.

In Miranshah, the main town in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, a drone strike killed four suspected militants and wounded three others, local intelligence officials and militants said. An intelligence official claimed the dead men were local Taliban militants.

Both drone strikes are understood to have been conducted as part of a long-running campaign intended to kill and disrupt al-Qaeda using missile-firing drones operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, which declines comment on such operations.

U.S. officials cited the latest drone attacks as a refutation of recent news reports suggesting the United States was curtailing drone operations.

One report, which U.S. officials denied, said that earlier this year, the United States had offered a suspension of drone attacks in Pakistan in connection with efforts to improve strained bilateral relations.

A U.S. official said: "The United States is conducting, and will continue to conduct, the counter terrorism operations it needs to protect the U.S. and its interests."

The official added that the United States and Pakistan were continuing to engage in "an ongoing dialogue about how best the two countries can enhance their cooperation against al Qaeda and other terrorist groups that threaten the citizens and interests of both countries."

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; drones; militants; pakistan; waziristan; yemen

1 posted on 03/30/2012 2:51:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s OK if they are American citizens.

Obama said so.

///heavy heavy sarcasm

2 posted on 03/30/2012 3:10:31 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

It is OK. American citizens are gonna have to realize it is also OK to shoot back.

3 posted on 03/30/2012 6:55:35 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM (OBIWAN) IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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