US drone strike target Haqqani terrorist network commander in Pakistan

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By Khaama Press – Wed Dec 27 2017, 9:55 am

A suspected US drone strike targeted a commander of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network in the tribal regions of Pakistan on Tuesday.

According to reports, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Mata Sangar area located in Kurram Agency in the tribal regions of Pakistan.

Local officials have confirmed that two people were killed in the airstrike which targeted a vehicle as it was traveling in the area.

In the meantime, reports indicate that a commander of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network identified as Jamil-ud-Din was killed in the airstrike along with another militant.

The Pakistani government officials have not formally commented regarding the airstrike so far.

US Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Afghanistan on Friday reiterated Washington’s stance regarding the terror safe havens in Pakistan.

He said “For too long Pakistan has provided safe haven to the Taliban and many terrorist organizations, but those days are over. President Trump has put Pakistan on notice.”

“As the President said, so I say now: Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with the United States, and Pakistan has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists,” he added.

The Afghan and US officials have long been insisting that the leadership councils of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based in the key cities of Pakistan where from they plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.

The director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) earlier had warned that the United States will take necessary steps if Pakistan fails to destroy terror safe havens in its soil.

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