ISLAMABAD (AP) — There have now been at least two air strikes from American drones today in a Pakistani tribal area near the Afghan border. And Pakistani officials say 10 suspected militants have been killed.
They say the first trike targeted two vehicles near the Afghan border, killing at least seven militants. About 10 hours later, two missiles destroyed a home in the same area, killing three more.
The officials say the area is dominated by a commander whose forces often attack U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Most Pakistanis feel that the drone strikes violate their country's sovereignty and kill innocent civilians. The U.S. maintains that they are directed against militants, and are necessary to combat groups like al-Qaida.
104-c-15-(Rebecca Santana, AP correspondent)-"the drone strike"-AP correspondent Rebecca Santana reports Pakistani intelligence officials say missiles fired from unmanned American spy planes have hit two vehicles near the Afghan border, killing at least seven militants. (19 Aug 2012)
<<CUT *104 (08/19/12)>> 00:15 "the drone strike"
105-c-15-(Rebecca Santana, AP correspondent)-"and the Taliban"-AP correspondent Rebecca Santana reports U.S. drone strikes continue to be controversial in Pakistan. (19 Aug 2012)
<<CUT *105 (08/19/12)>> 00:15 "and the Taliban"