Taliban commander killed in Hellfire strike


Two missiles believed to be fired by a U.S. unmanned aircraft killed 13 militants in Pakistan's tribal region, a local intelligence official said Sunday.

The casualties Saturday included Taliban commander Abdur Rehman, who is part of a network that operates in Afghanistan.

The incident took place in the Saidgi village in North Waziristan, according to the official, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The official said the drone strike target was a house. The United States does not offer comment on reported drone attacks. However, the United States is the only country operating in the region known to have the ability to launch missiles from drones, which are controlled remotely.


This was probably a joint CIA-ISI operation to degrade the Taliban command structure in its rear area in Pakistan. North Waziristan is become a much less secure sanctuary for the Taliban leadership. That is why many of its top commanders are now cowering in Quetta.


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