November 19th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Suspected drone strike kills 3 in Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's
tribal region Friday killed three suspected militants, Pakistani intelligence
officials told CNN.

Two intelligence officials said the drone fired two missiles at a
suspected militant vehicle in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan, one of the
seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The officials asked to not be named because they were not authorized to
speak to the media on the record.

North Waziristan is one of the seven districts of Pakistan's often
ungoverned tribal region and is widely believed to be a haven for al
Qaeda-linked groups fueling the insurgency in Afghanistan.

Based on a count by CNN's Islamabad bureau, Friday's suspected drone
strike was the 93rd this year, compared with 52 strikes in all of 2009.

November 11th, 2010
07:15 AM ET

Drone strike kills 6 in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakista - A drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region on Thursday killed six suspected militants, intelligence officials told CNN.

Two intelligence officials said the suspected U.S. drone fired six missiles at a militant compound in the area of Ghulam Khan in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Based on a CNN tally, Thursday's drone strike was the 90th this year compared to 52 in all of 2009.


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November 3rd, 2010
10:36 AM ET

In Pakistan, suspected drone strikes kill 13

Three suspected U.S. drone strikes killed 13 people Wednesday in Pakistan's tribal region, two intelligence officials told CNN.

All three incidents occurred in North Waziristan, one of the seven tribal
districts bordering Afghanistan.

Five suspected militants died in Data Khel when a drone fired two missiles at a vehicle.

A drone in the Mir Ali area fired three missiles at a vehicle and killed four suspected militants.

And, a vehicle was targeted earlier in Miran Shah and four suspected militants were killed there as well.

Based on a count by the CNN Islamabad bureau, Wednesday's third suspected drone strike was the 87th this year compared to 52 in all of 2009.

The officials asked that they not be named because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

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Sources: U.S. finalizing aid package to help Pakistan fight extremists
October 19th, 2010
10:59 AM ET

Sources: U.S. finalizing aid package to help Pakistan fight extremists

The Obama administration is putting the final touches on a security assistance package totaling as much as $2 billion over five years to help Pakistan fight extremists on its border with Afghanistan, senior U.S. officials and diplomatic sources tell CNN.

The aid is expected to be announced later this week when Pakistani officials are in Washington to hold high-level talks.

The package aims to address Pakistan's insistence it does not have the capability to go after terrorists, and needs more support from the United States, the sources said. The aid will help the Pakistanis purchase helicopters, weapons systems and equipment to intercept communications.

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October 7th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

Jihadist website: One of Hamburg terror group killed in drone strike

A jihadist from Hamburg suspected of being part of an al Qaeda plot against Europe was killed by a drone strike in northwest Pakistan this week, according to a statement Thursday on a Turkish-language jihadist website.

The website said a fighter named Abu Askar al-Almani and three other Jihadists had been "martyred" by the missile strike against a base in Waziristan, where German and Tajik fighters were living. German officials say al-Almani is the nom de guerre of Shahab Dashti, an Iranian-German who left Hamburg, Germany, with 10 other suspected militants in the spring of 2009. FULL POST

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October 6th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Drone strike kills 3 in Pakistan

Three suspected militants were killed in a suspected a U.S. drone strike targeting a militant hideout in Pakistan's tribal region Wednesday, intelligence officials tell CNN.

Two intelligence officials say two missiles were fired on the hideout in the Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The officials asked to not be named because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

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October 5th, 2010
05:28 PM ET

Source: Drone strikes rise but civilian toll limited

WASHINGTON  — The stepped up missile strikes by the CIA in Pakistan last month resulted in no civilian deaths, according to a knowledgeable U.S. source. FULL POST

October 4th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

Sources: Possible drone strike in Pakistan kills 8 Germans

Eight people thought to be German nationals were killed in a suspected drone strike in northwestern Pakistan, two Pakistani officials said Monday.

The strike happened in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan, the officials said.

Missiles struck a building that held the eight, who are believed to have been members of the group Jihad al Islami, the officials said.

The strike comes a day after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint bulletin warning that terror attacks were being plotted against targets Europe. European intelligence officials said Monday that a group of jihadists from Germany were at the heart of the plots, but it was not immediately clear if the warning and the suspected drone strike were related.

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Envoy insists Pakistan will tackle terrorists as attack kills 3
October 4th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

Envoy insists Pakistan will tackle terrorists as attack kills 3

Gunmen in Pakistan opened fire on oil trucks bound for NATO forces in Afghanistan, setting some 20 vehicles on fire and killing three, police said Monday.

The attack came shortly after Pakistan's ambassador to the United States vowed his country would go after terrorists on its soil.

Naeem Iqbal, a police spokesman, said five people were wounded in the attack on tankers parked on a main road outside a housing complex near the capital city of Islamabad. Efforts to put out the blaze are ongoing, he said.

Bin Yamin, a deputy police chief, said eight gunmen entered the area on Monday around 12:15 a.m. local time. He said they told people near the trucks to run away and that most did. Then they opened fire.

The tankers were parked in the vicinity of an oil refinery where they were going to go to pick up fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, Yamin said.

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Opinion: U.S.-led drone war is self-defeating
September 30th, 2010
10:59 AM ET

Opinion: U.S.-led drone war is self-defeating

By Ken Ballen, Peter Bergen and Patrick Doherty, Special to CNN

Editor's note: CNN National Security analyst Peter Bergen and Patrick Doherty are members of the staff of the New America Foundation, a Washington-based think tank that looks for solutions across the political spectrum. Ken Ballen is president of Terror Free Tomorrow, a nonprofit institute that researches attitudes toward extremism.

For the United States there are few more strategically important places today than the tribal region of Pakistan, headquarters of al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban, and also home to a syndicate of other militant jihadist groups from across Asia.

It is where Faisal Shahzad, who tried to blow up a car bomb in Times Square in May, was trained. So was Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-American who plotted to explode bombs on Manhattan's subways in 2009. It is also the source of a good deal of the violence that is racking neighboring Afghanistan.

Yet this critical region is one of the most opaque places in the world; international journalists and aid organizations rarely venture there, there's little open dialogue because, until last year, most political parties were banned from operating there. As a result, the views of its inhabitants have largely been a mystery.

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