31 Aug '13, 1pm

US drones kill 4 Turkistan Islamic Party fighters in Pakistan strike

The US launched its first drone strike in Pakistan in more than a month, killing four foreign fighters from Turkmenistan in an attack today in an area known to be infested with al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired a pair of missiles a vehicle as it traveled in the village of Hisokhel in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. Pakistani intelligence officials told Dawn that the four fighters were members of the Turkistan Islamic Party. "Local militant sources" said they were from the country of Turkmenistan and were allied with North Waziristan Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadar. The Turkistan Islamic Party, which is closely allied with al Qaeda and fights in Afghanistan, is known to host training camps in North Waziristan, particularly in the Mir Ali area. In July, the group released a video of women...

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