January 19th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Around the Web: 3 die in suspected drone attack in Pakistan

Three militants were killed Tuesday in a suspected U.S. drone strike on a compound near the Afghan border, officials told CNN.

The drone fired two missiles about 6:30 p.m. local time on the compound in Daigan, a village in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan, an intelligence official and a local government official said.

The Dattakhel area has been the target of several drone attacks in recent months. It is a volatile region in Pakistan's tribal area that borders Afghanistan, where Islamic militants have a strong presence. Earlier this month, 17 militants died in three separate suspected drone strikes in Dattakhel, security officials said.

The BBC Tuesday reported on an United Nations survey detailing the scope of bribery in Afghanistan.

“Afghans paid $2.5 billion in bribes over the past 12 months, or the equivalent of almost one quarter of legitimate GDP, a UN report suggests,” the BBC reported.

“More than half the population had to pay at least one bribe to a public official last year, the report adds.”

Some other news reports and perspectives:

 - Reihan Salaam (Daily Beast): “The Taliban’s deadly plan"

- Dexter Filkins (New York Times): “Kabul attack shows resilience of Afghan militants

- The Economist: “Broken windows in Afghanistan

- Griff Witte (Washington Post): “Poor schooling slows anti-terrorism effort in Pakistan

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