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Drone Strike Kills 14 in Pakistan : Against The Wall with JJink

Drone Strike Kills 14 in Pakistan

June 4, 2012 by  
Filed under General News

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Missiles fired from a suspected American drone killed at least 14 people in Pakistan’s tribal belt early Monday, the third strike in as many days and a signal of the Obama administration’s determination to press ahead with the controversial covert campaign even as it conducts tense political negotiations in Islamabad.

The attack in North Waziristan tribal agency, a bustling hub of Taliban and Al Qaeda militancy among the Afghan border, was the eighth strike since a major NATO summit in Chicago ended two weeks ago without agreement on reopening NATO supply lines through Pakistan.

Pakistan blocked the supply lines in November after American airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and weeks-long negotiations have become bogged down in arguments over transit fees.

With a congressional deadline looming, officials on both sides agree that time for a deal is running short. A senior Defense Department official, Peter Lavoy, is due in Islamabad this week as part of urgent efforts to break the deadlock

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