Suspected US drone strikes kill 26 on Pakistan: Afghanistan frontier

Cheryl Sanders
October 17, 2017

Security officials said initial reports showed that the drone fired at least four missiles at a house owned by a local militant commander having links with Haqqani network.

The barrage on Monday targeted a meeting of Haqqani fighters in Pakistan's remote tribal Kurram district along the Afghan border in the deadliest attack on the group this year.

A suspected United States drone strike killed five people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, government and militant sources said on Tuesday, days after a Canadian-American couple held hostage by the Taliban were freed from the same area.

"But the U.S. should show restraint on drone strikes anywhere in Afghanistan, or Pakistan", he said. "Drones are still flying in the sky", he added. Washington accuses Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants, which Pakistan denies.

Both officials said the strikes took place on the border with Afghanistan, with part of the compound sited in Afghan territory.

When asked about his statement about Russia's rising influence on the Taliban, Asif said that Pakistan's influence on the Taliban has decreased while that of other countries neighbouring Afghanistan has increased.

Inter-Services Public Relations said that military operations are being conducted by the US's Resolute Support Mission (RSM) in the Khost and Paktia provinces of Afghanistan.

The military's media wing also claimed that no air violations occurred along the Pak-Afghan border, and that "no drone strike happened in Kurram Agency as [is] being misreported by [a] few".

US drones, on Friday (10/13/2017), were seen hovering near where American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, and their three children, all born in captivity, were released after being kidnapped by the Haqqani network while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012. They has always been suspected of having ties to Pakistan's shadowy security establishment, souring relations with Washington. Local sources said drones have been hovering in the area since Monday.

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