December 28, 2010

US Predators kill 25 'rebels' in pair of strikes in North Waziristan from The Long War Journal by Bill Roggio

Bill Roggio: US Predators kill 25 'rebels' in pair of strikes in North Waziristan -
The US launched two airstrikes today in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan. The strikes are the first in 10 days, and the first in the Mir Ali area in a month.

In the first strike, unmanned Predators or the more heavily armed and deadly Reapers fired two missiles at a compound and four more missiles at two vehicles in the village of Sher Tala in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan, according to Geo News. One of the vehicles is said to have been laden with explosives and ammunition, "magnifying the blasts from the missile attacks," Al Jazeera reported. Pakistani intelligence officials said that 21 "rebels" were killed. Pakistani officials often refer to al Qaeda or allied Central Asian terrorists as rebels.

The second strike occurred hours later in the village of Machikhel in the Mir Ali area. Four more Taliban fighters were killed in an attack on a vehicle.
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