USA drone attack kills 3 Taliban militants in Pakistan

Geneva Matthews
September 17, 2017

The rare drone strike in Pakistan came weeks after U.S. President, Donald Trump, announced a new policy for Afghanistan and the broader South Asian region that alarmed Islamabad.

Surprisingly, the announcement was not made public by the Emarat Islami Afghanistan, the official name of the Afghan Taliban, and was released by Maulana Samiul Haq, chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, from Akora Khattak where he runs his madressah, the report said.

In a statement, Zeke Johnson, a senior director of programs at Amnesty International USA, expressed his concern over the strike in Pakistan, saying "the last thing the US should be doing right now is expanding a global, secret killing program".

A U.S. drone attack today killed at least three Taliban militants, including a commander, in Pakistan's unruly tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.

The attack happened in Pakistani territory, six kilometers away from the border, in the semi-autonomous tribal area of Kurram Agency, Geo TV quoted a tribal administrator Baseer Khan as saying.

A suicide bomber killed three people Wednesday - the third day of the tournament - outside the cricket stadium. Tribal sources described Mohib as a loyalist of the Haqqani terrorist network, an ally of the Taliban who are fighting USA -led forces in Afghanistan.

The aircraft fired two missiles at the hideout of Taliban commander Maulvi Mohib who was among the killed. "We don't differentiate the Haqqani network and Taliban".

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani has said that the country has been able to defend its national interest against Pakistan after four decades.

In a major speech outlining United States policy on Afghanistan last month, Trump lambasted Pakistan for sheltering "agents of chaos" and suggested ties with Islamabad would be adjusted immediately.

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