Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

U.S. drone strike kills top Taliban commander, three Haqqani terrorists in Waziristan

U.S. drone strike kills top Taliban commander, three Haqqani terrorists in Waziristan

Two separate U.S. drone strikes struck a militant compound in a northwestern tribal region of Pakistan and a vehicle in Afghanistan, killing 11 militants, mostly from the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, officials said on Friday.

The U.S. Treasury Department said on February 7 it had placed Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan on its blacklist of "Specially Designated Global Terrorists" for links to Pakistani-based militant groups, including the Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and Lashkar-e Taiba.

The Express Tribune meanwhile reported that Khan Saeed Mehsud alias Sajna was killed in a drone strike in Margha area of Barmal in Afghanistan early Friday morning.

The NATO-led Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan said it had no information about the strike.

The Afghan officials at that time handed over to Pakistan a list of names of people suspected of being involved in Kabul attacks.

The house was destroyed in the strike, according to reports from across the border.

Pakistan is pushing for the completion of a fence along its disputed border with Afghanistan - and it wants the help pay for it.

North Waziristan's political administration confirmed that the strike took place inside Afghanistan. It is off limits to journalists and verifying any information independently is hard.

The US called on "the Pakistani government and others in South Asia region to work with Washington to deny sanctuary to these unsafe individuals" who acted on or behalf of US and UN-designated terrorist Shaykh Aminullah.

Last month, Mr Trump suspended about US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion) worth of military aid to the nuclear-armed nation and accused Pakistan of giving "lies and deceit" in return for years of USA funding. Last month, the United States suspended about $2 billion assistance to Islamabad. Pakistan's military has long denied supporting militant groups.

"There're still several drones flying here", one of the three Taliban commanders said on Friday speaking by phone from the Paktika province.

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