Times Square Fizzle Non-bombing Provides Excuse to Launch Drones in Pakistan


JANE PERLEZ and PIR ZUBAIR SHAH
The New York Times
May 11, 2010

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KARACHI, Pakistan — American drone aircraft fired 18 missiles at militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday, killing at least 14 fighters and wounding four, a security official and a resident of the area said.

The missiles struck a region known as Datta Khel on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border where Taliban and Qaeda fighters prepare for operations against United States and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

The unusually intense drone attack was the third since a failed car bombing in Times Square 10 days earlier. Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American charged in the attempted attack, has told American investigators he visited North Waziristan to train under the auspices of the Pakistani Taliban.

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