Thursday, November 21, 2013

US Drone Kills 6 Pakistanis with Al-Qaeda Ties; Pakistani Officials Say Drone Struck Seminary

American and Pakistani officials disagreed today (November 21, 2013) about whether an Islamic seminary was struck by a U.S. drone, in an unusual attack that inflamed tensions over the CIA drone campaign, according to the Washington Post website.

According to Pakistani officials, three missiles were fired into a compound in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province at about 5 a.m. local time today.

They said the drone hit an Islamic seminary, killing four adults and two teachers. The dead included Maulvi Ahmad Jan and Maulvi Hameedullah, who were top surrogates for Sirajuddin Haqqani, the second-in-command of the Haqqani militant group, which has ties to al-Qaeda.

A U.S. official with access to classified information about the strike disputed that it was aimed at a seminary. Instead, he said, the CIA fired on a compound associated with the Haqqani network, which is accused of many attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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