24 militants killed in US drone strikes in NW, Pak-Afghan border

Published: January 9, 2016
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At least 24 militants were killed in two separate US drone strikes in North Waziristan and Pakistan, Afghanistan border on Saturday.

At least four militants, including a top commander of the banned Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan, were killed and several others were injured in a US drone strike in the Mangrooti area of the North Waziristan.

The target of the drone strike was a militant hideout at Mangrooti, a village situated on boundaries of North Waziristan with Afghanistan in snow-covered Shawal mountainous region in Data Khel Tehsil.

The deceased included Maulana Noor Saeed belonging to Jani Khel, Frontier Region. However, identities of other militants killed in the strikes couldn’t be ascertained as yet.

Bloody battle: Afghan Taliban capture Da’ish stronghold in Nangarhar province

Earlier today at least 20 militants were killed in a US drone strike near the Pakistan, Afghanistan border. Officials said the militants were suspected to belong to the Islamic State militant group.

The suspects were killed in a drone targeting militant hideouts in Nangarhar’s Nazyan district. Several militant hideouts were also destroyed in the attack.

There have been several drone strikes near the Pak-Afghan border in the past with recent targets being IS hideouts. Nazyan is one of the two districts left under the control of the militant group as it recently lost control of two districts in Nangarhar province.

Earlier this week, the Taliban captured a stronghold of the IS’s Khurasan chapter in the Afghan province of Nangarhar after three days of fierce fighting that claimed over 150 lives on both sides.

US drone strike kills six Islamic State militants near Pak-Afghan border

Saad Muradi, a front-line man of IS, also known by its Arabic acronym Da’ish, was also killed in the three-day long battle, according to officials monitoring the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency. “The Taliban now control Batitkot and Chaparyal areas which were captured over the last two days while Nazyan fell today,” one official said.

Banned TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah had survived a drone strike in Nazyan, while several IS fighters have been killed in the region in the US drone campaign. Local sources confirmed the development, saying more than 2,500 Taliban fighters were involved in the battle. They added that over 150 fighters were killed in fighting which is ongoing. “Of them, 35 are Taliban fighters.”

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Jan 9, 2016 - 12:07PM

    Drone Prone: Common civilians are going to be killed now in the name of Attack on ISIS militants. Who previously were under attack in the name of Attack on Taliban militants.Recommend

  • Clueless
    Jan 9, 2016 - 1:03PM

    I wonder how they conclude if the deceased was a militant or a normal law abiding citizen of the country!!!!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 9, 2016 - 1:06PM

    Kindly use the term DAESH for them…….using Islamic State gives them a certain status that they certainly do not deserve and it does harm to the word Islamic. The ‘ western ‘ media are intelligent enough to understand this but their continuation of using this title for them is rather perplexing. Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Jan 9, 2016 - 7:33PM

    The deceased included Maulana Noor Saeed belonging to Jani Khel, Frontier Region. However, identities of other militants killed in the strikes couldn’t be ascertained as yet. Even without identifying the humans who were killed the paper reports that they were militants……..Killing humans has never been so widespread and so easy…………..If you kill without identifying who is being killed? Is that not terrorism??????Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 9, 2016 - 7:41PM

    @Clueless: You are really clueless. Watch documentary about Drones and notice how they watch and follow their targets. It takes weeks and months to pinpoint targets. Only those civilians are killed who live with terrorists or being used by them as human shields. Recommend

  • faisal
    Jan 10, 2016 - 1:52AM

    Thankyou America. We don’t need them. Let them meet their creator. Recommend

  • Md. Tahir Shah
    Jan 10, 2016 - 3:04AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: First-hand account by former drone operator, Brandon Bryant, is, “we didn’t even really know who we were firing at.” Human rights groups have verified this claim and almost all of them including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc., are against these so-called “signature strikes” where everyone who dies is considered a terrorist unless proven otherwise.

    To top it off, we know drone strikes help Taliban recruit more cadres. This is Vietnam all over again for US. The pretense of “Hearts & Mind” is gone and its done to “How Many Can We Kill?Recommend

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