24 Aug '12, 1pm

US drones strike again in North Waziristan's Shawal Valley

US drones struck yet again in an area of Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan that serves as a safe haven for al Qaeda and several Taliban groups. The remotely piloted Predators or the more advanced Reapers hit three compounds with two missiles each in the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, according to Dawn . Pakistani officials said that 18 "militants" were killed. The exact target of the strike has not been disclosed. No senior al Qaeda or allied jihadist commanders from foreign terrorist groups are reported to have been killed in the strike. The US is hunting an "important jihadi leader," in the Shawal Valley, a US intelligence official told The Long War Journal . The official would not disclose the terrorist commander's identity. Today's strike took place just one day after Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs lodged a formal complaint wit...

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