Saturday, November 03, 2007

Suspected US missile strike in Pakistan

From DEBKAfile, November 2, 2007, 5:48 PM (GMT+02:00):

A suspected US missile strikes Taliban or al Qaeda hideout, killing 10 people, in Miran Shah, capital of Pakistan’s North Waziristan

Later, armed men surrounded the scene, 20 km from the Afghan border, and carried away the dead and wounded. DEBKAfile reports that al Qaeda makes it a rule to evacuate the dead and wounded so as not to disclose their identities, especially when a prominent operative is hit.
Witnesses reported seeing a drone flying in from the West before a big explosion.

The attack, denied by a US military spokesman, took place as U.S. Central Command chief Adm. William Fallon was in Pakistan to meet President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
Suspected US missiles have struck extremist hideouts in Pakistan’s tribal regions in the past but were never acknowledged.

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