17 Killed in US Drone Attacks in Pakistan

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Intelligence officials in northwest Pakistan say three U.S. drone-fired missile strikes have killed at least 17 militants.

Authorities say all the strikes Monday were in South Waziristan, the country's restive tribal region near the Afghan border.

U.S. drone strikes against insurgents in the border region of Pakistan have been a source of friction between the two countries.

U.S. officials have never publicly acknowledged the use of drones inside Pakistan, but privately they have confirmed the strikes to various news outlets, saying the operations have killed mostly militants.

The attacks come after the reported death of al-Qaida operative Ilyas Kashmiri in a U.S. drone strike in the tribal region Friday.