Apparent US missile strikes killed four militants in a Pakistani tribal area near the Afghan border May 16. AFP said the compound was located in Khaisur village, 30 kilometers east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal region. AP put the attack in Mir Ali village. Security officials said they are digging through the rubble of destroyed houses for more victims. (AFP, AP, May 16)
Islamabad has repeatedly protested the drone attacks as an affront to Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty that harms government efforts to deal with Taliban. But the US military May 14 confirmed newspaper reports that it had shared with Islamabad surveillance data from drones flying over Pakistani territory. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, said at a Senate hearing that Pakistan had requested surveillance support missions up until April. “In terms of support and information, they have asked for that, and where they have asked for that, we’ve supported them,” he told the Senate Armed Services Committee. (AlJazeera, May 16)
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