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  • Minskaya
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    US drone strikes kill 12 Pakistani militants, sources tell NBC
    January 6, 2013
    By Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC News

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Twelve suspected militants were killed in three separate American drone attacks in Pakistan's South Waziristan on Saturday night, military and government sources told NBC News.
    Pakistani military officials said the drones fired 10 missiles and pounded three different militant compounds in the Babar district. Twelve people died and six others were injured in the drone attacks, said the officials, who asked not to be named because they were not allowed to speak to the media. The militants targeted were led by Hakimullah Mehsud and had set up sanctuaries in the mountainous district, about 85 miles northeast of Wana, the capital of the South Waziristan tribal region. Mehsud's fighters often target the Pakistani army. Tribesmen in the adjoining Razmak area of North Waziristan region told NBC News that they had heard heavy blasts overnight but could not confirm if the explosions were drone strikes. The death toll could rise as dozens of militants were present in the compound during the drone strikes, NBC sources said.
    Source: NBCNews

    Gotta love armed drones

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  • S2
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    Very nice. Now if we could whack Hafez Gul Bahadur I'd be greatly pleased. These miserable fcuks have been strategic assets of Rawalpindi since 2007. They won't be mourned in America.

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  • anil
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    What is the qualification for becoming an emir?

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  • n21
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    Oh, brilliant.

    This is big. This should piss PA really bad.

    I can bet the tip came from TTP, whose has been trying to bump him off in the recent times.

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  • 1980s
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    From the Long War Journal:

    No cooperation from the Pakistanis

    US intelligence officials also denied reports that the Pakistani military and government aided in the assassination of Nazir, and said the Pakistanis are upset over the killing.

    "These reports [that Pakistan aided in Nazir's death] are preposterous," one US intelligence official involved in the targeting of al Qaeda and other terrorist leaders in Pakistan told The Long War Journal.

    "Nazir was an asset to and a tool of the Pakistani state," the official continued, noting that Nazir did not countenance attacks in Pakistan but advocated that the Taliban fight the US in Afghanistan.

    "If the Pakistanis wanted to remove Nazir from the playing field, they could have easily done so," another intelligence official observed. "There is a garrison in Wana, where Nazir operates. He conducts business in the open and often meets with tribal leaders."

    Nazir has long been described by Pakistani officials as a "good Taliban leader" for just those reasons. The government and military signed several peace agreements with Nazir that allowed him to rule over the Wazir areas of South Waziristan.

    "The Pakistanis are piqued that we've killed Nazir," another official stated. "We just knocked off a good Taliban, or to them, perhaps the best Taliban."
    Full article: Taliban name Mullah Nazir's replacement - The Long War Journal

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