North Waziristan: US drones kill three alleged Haqqani militants

Published: November 4, 2011

A security official said those killed were loyal to Jamil Haqqani. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

PESHAWAR: A US drone strike killed at least three militants and destroyed a compound in Darpakhel Sarai, just outside Miramshah the main town of North Waziristan on Thursday, officials said.

“A drone fired two missiles on a militant compound. At least three militants were killed,” a senior security official told AFP.

He said those killed were loyal to Jamil Haqqani, an important Afghan commander in the Haqqani network whom US officials said was killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan on October 13.

A US official at the time named him as Janbaz Zadran, saying he “played a central role in helping the Haqqani network attack US and coalition targets in Kabul and southeastern Afghanistan”.

Other intelligence officials in Miramshah and Peshawar confirmed Thursday’s missile strike and casualties.

Three other wounded militants were pulled out of the rubble and taken to the hospital, witnesses said. One of them was carried out on a cot by seven to eight militants enveloped in dust.

Militants cordoned off the area and were preventing anyone from accessing the destroyed compound, they said.

A local intelligence official said about 10 militants had been inside the compound but that some had managed to escape.

The latest attack is the 61st US drone strike reported in Pakistan so far this year.

NATO to step up pressure

Nato vowed on Thursday to put “severe military pressure” on the Haqqani network, suspected of being behind recent attacks on Western troops in Afghanistan. Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that despite the violence seen at the weekend, the NATO mission was heading in the right direction and insurgent attacks were down in the July-September period, compared with last year.

“Spectacular attacks capture the headlines, but they don’t capture more ground,” he told a news briefing.  “And the bigger picture is different: overall enemy attacks are decreasing and the enemy has been weakened.”

Rasmussen said Nato was determined to put a stop to attacks on its soldiers by the Haqqani network. “To that end we will keep the Haqqani network under severe military pressure,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 4th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Nov 3, 2011 - 3:10PM

    In this “detail” It was better that you mentioned on National assembly said about drone in his joined resolution.

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  • Roflcopter
    Nov 3, 2011 - 3:28PM

    Pak Army HAS to take action against these cowardly terrorist strikes

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  • MarkH
    Nov 3, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Just to get it over with: Yeah. All three of them were innocents. No need to keep yourselves up at night wondering.

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  • Cautious
    Nov 3, 2011 - 3:53PM

    Militants who spent years fighting
    with AK-47 assault rifles are suddenly
    killed with the push of a button. At
    the end of the work day, drone pilots
    simply switch off their office lights
    and head to their homes in places like
    Virginia suburbs.

    Beats the alternatives which would either be “boots on the ground” or perhaps leveling the village with B52′s. You want to stop the drone attacks – then quit allowing these terrorist sanctuary within Pakistan.

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  • Adil
    Nov 3, 2011 - 4:14PM

    Its a RAW CIA MOSSAD conspiracy to humiliate Pakistan. Ya Allah Khair

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  • Pundit
    Nov 3, 2011 - 6:12PM

    The phrase

    “boots on the ground”

    has to be replaced by

    “Drones in the sky”

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  • Gulbahadur
    Nov 3, 2011 - 6:35PM

    Would Pakistan allow terrorists in it’s neighbourhood to kill our people or Army men.We are a strange nation.we reserve the right to kill others in the name of anything,but when they in retaliation try to kill our actors,we start crying and take refuge in sovereignty or Religion.
    America should be commended for killing those rogues who have destroyed the peaceful life in KP and our Tribal areas.Thanks C.I.A. Keep it up.

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  • Jadugar
    Nov 4, 2011 - 1:23AM

    @ MarkH Medical care or doctors visits must be expensive or unattainable where ever you live. If Killing any INNOCENT person is acceptable to you then you are beyond human help. May God have mercy on you

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  • lobe
    Nov 4, 2011 - 1:44AM

    @Adil: You forgot McDonald, KFC, Star Plus, FPS Russia.

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  • Nov 4, 2011 - 6:44AM

    Gulbahadur

    1st on the other side of border, we see the same force which is using drone. There, that force is more strong,with their men physically available and there they can use drone are block those.. Why they use drone from other side of border,if anyone going from Pakistan?

    Second, if you use this “assumption” that your men coming and killing us so will start strikes against you… What will be the situation of the worlds?

    3rd,Drone strike are credible. We see Hakeem mullah masud and Ilyas kashmiri type are alive after reporting that they were killed by drones…. This show the target sense of drones. Who can you say that these drones are killing those who are killing others?

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  • Adil
    Nov 4, 2011 - 8:00AM

    My sources have told me that Mcdonalds and KFC are friends of Pakistan. You are lying
    against them because you are jealous of our friendship. Ya Allah Khair

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  • Mirza
    Nov 4, 2011 - 10:01AM

    @Adil:
    This is truly a Ya Allah Khair, that these terrorists are no more alive to spread terror. Thanks Allah for taking care of poor innocent people and protecting them.

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  • Faizi
    Nov 4, 2011 - 3:35PM

    amongst us no one is get the pain of Death yet…..
    ask from the “victims” of both the strikers..
    ” DRONES ” OR ” Millitancy ” ……

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  • anwar
    Nov 4, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Militants who waste time with AK47′s deserve this. Taliban must invest in R&D and High Tech

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  • Aaron
    Nov 9, 2011 - 6:33PM

    The US badly needs to step up the drone attacks, but the principle behind the war in Afghanistan is in London, hiding from two arrest warrants. I don’t think the drones will get him there.

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