Published: Sun, February 11, 2018

U.S. drone strike kills top Taliban commander, three Haqqani terrorists in Waziristan

U.S. drone strike kills top Taliban commander, three Haqqani terrorists in Waziristan

On Jan 17, two suspected militants were killed and another was injured when U.S. drones fired missiles at some locations on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency's Badshah Kot area.

The deputy chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Khan Saeed Mehsud alias Khalid Sajna, was killed in the Thursday night drone strike along with three others, the Express Tribune reported.

Earlier in January the United States carried out its first drone strike of the year near border area of the Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, claiming to kill two alleged Taliban commanders.

Drone strikes in the region have surged in the wake of US President Donald Trump's announcement of a new Afghan policy in which Pakistan was accused of harbouring terrorists and offering "safe havens to the agents of chaos".

The Trump administration imposed sanctions Wednesday on three individuals linked to Pakistan-based militant networks as it pushes Islamabad to crack down on perpetrators of attacks on Afghanistan.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

The second strike hit a compound in Gurwek town of North Waziristan, killing seven terrorists, the three Taliban commanders said.

A high-level Afghan delegation has arrived in Pakistan to hold the second round of discussion on Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS).

The Taliban can move easily between the two countries in the often lawless border lands and are usually waved through by Pakistan security forces, according to the AAN, citing conversations with multiple current and former Taliban fighters, doctors and Afghans living in the region. Janjua's visit to Kabul was part of a larger dialogue many Afghans saw it as a response to their accusations against Islamabad.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said Pakistan is waging an "undeclared war of aggression" against his nation.

Explaining the importance of securing the porous border shared by Pakistan and Afghanistan, Asif told Bloomberg that the fencing will put a stop on the entry of militants that come under the guise of refugees.

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