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2009-03-12 India-Pakistan
Suspected US Drone Strike Hits Taliban Hideout
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Posted by tipper 2009-03-12 15:03|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [1022 views ]  Top

#1 Two missiles fired by an unmanned drone struck the den in the tribal area of Kurram, one of seven such semi-autonomous regions near Pakistan's porous border with Afghanistan, where US troops are battling Taliban fighters.

"Twelve militants, mainly Afghan Taliban, were killed in the missile strike at their training centre in Kurram. Dozens are wounded," a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"The training centre was run by local Taliban commander Fazal Saeed and training was underway at the time of the strike," the official added.

Taliban militants have sealed off the area and were retrieving bodies from the rubble of the building late Thursday, officials said.

Mountainous and remote, Kurram is a known hub of Taliban led by Baitullah Mehsud, Pakistan's most wanted militant, and Siraj Uddil Haqqani, de facto commander of Taliban groups on the border area.
Posted by tu3031 2009-03-12 15:54||   2009-03-12 15:54|| Front Page Top

#2 Where's the follow on shots? Nothing wrong in making their buddies scared shitless and letting them bleed out.
Posted by ed 2009-03-12 16:09||   2009-03-12 16:09|| Front Page Top

#3 Looks like there may have been some...

"The training camp was completely destroyed," said Noor Islam, a villager in Barjo. He said 14 bodies had been recovered from the debris of the blitzed camp.

U.S. drone attacks in Kurram are rare, as al Qaeda and Taliban militants have been mostly targeted in the nearby Waziristan region.

"Four missiles hit a militant hideout and training camp in the Barjo area," a senior government official in Kurram told Reuters.
Posted by tu3031 2009-03-12 16:10||   2009-03-12 16:10|| Front Page Top

#4 They carried out all the bodies, and thus far haven't planted any weeping wimminz, kidlings, or duck feathers....

Posted by Seafarious 2009-03-12 16:14||   2009-03-12 16:14|| Front Page Top

#5 Could it have been a graduation exercise? Bin Laden a guest speaker?
Posted by Besoeker  2009-03-12 17:35||   2009-03-12 17:35|| Front Page Top

#6 training was underway at the time of the strike

You could say that the Taliban received a very important lesson. Too bad they aren't around to absorb the implications.
Posted by Frozen Al 2009-03-12 17:38||   2009-03-12 17:38|| Front Page Top

#7 I am a drone operator now in Iraq but previously in Afghanistan. Hope they keep our job security by doing it more. Let's get the real infidels...Go USMC!!!
Posted by Whineter Sproing9941 2009-03-12 19:53||   2009-03-12 19:53|| Front Page Top

#8 Thanks for your service Whineter Sproing9941! Love those flat dead enemies of the WEST, GO BABY GO!!!

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