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Reports: US Drone Kills Four Militants In Pakistan

At least four militants have been killed after their vehicle was struck by missiles fired from a U.S. drone in Pakistan's volatile north-western tribal region bordering Afghanistan, local media quoted unnamed Pakistani intelligence officials as saying on Friday.

The drone strike reportedly happened in Datta Khel town in the North Waziristan region on Thursday night. Local reports quoted unnamed Pakistani officials as saying that the aerial attack destroyed the targeted vehicle.

Notably, the U.S. military does not confirm or deny drone attacks inside Pakistan, but the American armed forces and the Central Intelligence Agency operating in Afghanistan are believed to be the only entities capable of deploying such unmanned aircraft in the region.

U.S. drone strikes inside Pakistan remain to be a very sensitive issue in the South Asian country. The Pakistani government has often protested against such cross-border missile strikes, stressing that they violate its sovereignty. Islamabad also insists that drone strikes are counter-productive as they end up killing civilians along with the targeted militants.

Nevertheless, U.S. officials insist that Pakistan's reluctance to launch anti-militant operations in North Waziristan has turned the region into a militant hotbed, which the Taliban and other al-Qaeda linked militants often use as a base to plan attacks on foreign coalition troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

Although the Pakistani military has launched anti-Taliban operations in six of the seven regions in the country's troubled Northwest including South Waziristan, it has so far resisted U.S. calls to take on Taliban militants in North Waziristan.

by RTT Staff Writer

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