*Source: DTN News / Int'l Media
(NSI News Source Info) MIRANSHAH, Pakistan - December 18, 2009: Ten suspected militants were killed Thursday in the second US missile strike in a day targeting insurgents in Pakistan's tribal North Waziristan district, security officials said.
Another security official also confirmed the attack and the toll, adding that the suspected militants were killed as they parked a car outside a house. ‘Five US drones fired at least seven missiles, targeting several houses in the Ambarshaga area in North Waziristan and killing more than 10 militants,’ a senior security official in the area told AFP. Another security official confirmed the strike and said the death toll may rise. Earlier Thursday two militants were killed in a similar strike on a house near Miranshah, the main town in the North Waziristan.
~ Corps Commanders Meet At GHQ, Discuss Security
(NSI News Source Info) RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - December 18, 2009: Corps commanders of the Pakistan Army met at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Thursday to review the country’s security situation and the multiple challenges it faces. The meeting focused on evolving an affective strategy to cope with the challenges.
The meeting was being chaired by Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani. Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, while chairing the corps commanders’ meeting, took the commanders into confidence regarding his interaction with top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen and Centcom commander General David Petraeus. According to sources some of the latest demands made by the US top military command were launching operation against Taliban militants in North Waziristan and expanding drone attacks in Balochistan against alleged Taliban targets there.
Pakistani troops hold their positions at a hilltop post in Shingwari, an area in the troubled Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan along the Afghan border. Bristling at criticism from Washington, Pakistan's army dismissed U.S. pressure to open a front against Afghan militants operating on its territory, saying Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 it was stretched to the limit in a bloody war against its own Taliban. Military commanders while reviewing the whole situation made it clear that the army would protect national interest at every cost. The army chief said the military operation in South Waziristan would be taken to its logical end and terrorists would be killed in their hideouts. The corps commanders also discussed a development and rehabilitation plan for South Waziristan and decided the moment operation is over, the plan would be launched. General Kayani said success in South Waziristan would be visible the moment the IDPs would start returning to their home towns.