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Old 02-05-2013, 04:20 PM   #8
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Default Re: Obama Administration's dangerous memo on drones released

We also just killed the major Taliban fighter in South Waziristan.

The highly controversial American drone programme added perhaps the most prized feather in its cap.
Taliban warlord Maulvi Nazir Wazir, also known as Mullah Nazir, a powerful elder of the Wazir tribe, was killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a double-cabin pick-up vehicle in the Sara Kanda area of Birmal tehsil in Wana subdivision, South Waziristan around 11 pm on Wednesday night, security and intelligence officials confirmed to The Express Tribune.
Officials said a total of seven militants, including Nazir, his deputy Ratta Khan, and commanders Kochai and Chewantee were also killed when the missiles struck the pick-up in the mountains of Sara Kanda.
“If the reports are true, then this would be a significant blow, and would be very helpful not just to the United States but also to our Pakistani partners,” spokesman George Little told reporters.

Nazir sent insurgents to Afghanistan to wage war on Nato-led troops and operated out of the tribal zone where militants linked to the Taliban and al Qaeda have bases on the Afghan border.

Pakistani officials said the drone strike on Wednesday killed Nazir and five of his loyalists, including two senior deputies.....

He was understood to be close to the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, a faction of the Afghan Taliban blamed for some of the most high-profile attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan in recent years.

“This is someone who has a great deal of blood on his hands,” Little said. “This would be a major development.”
He was leader of one of four major militant factions in Pakistan and was accused of sending fighters to Afghanistan in support of the Taliban.

Mullah Nazir is one of the most high-profile insurgents killed by drones
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