May 11, 2010

AND NOT A STREET VENDOR IN SIGHT TO WARN THEM:

Multiple U.S. missiles kill 14 Taliban in Pakistan, officials say: As many as 18 missiles are fired near the Afghan border. Identities of those killed are not available. (The Associated Press, May 11, 2010)

The number of missiles fired into North Waziristan was unusually high, reflecting multiple targets.

They struck cars, homes and tents across a wide area in the Doga area, where insurgents have hideouts and training facilities, two intelligence officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. The identities of the people killed in the attack were not immediately known.

North Waziristan has been the target of nearly all of about 30 other American attacks this year. In recent months, it has become a new haven for militants who fled a Pakistani army offensive in their previous stronghold, neighboring South Waziristan.

The strike Tuesday was the third since Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad was arrested after allegedly abandoning a bomb-laden SUV in Times Square. He has reportedly told investigators that he received training in Waziristan and U.S. officials have said evidence showed the Pakistani Taliban played a role in the plot.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 11, 2010 5:51 AM
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