ISLAMABAD, Sept 12 (KUNA) -- At least 13 people, including two foreigners,
were killed Friday in a US missile airstrike on a border tribal region, only
two days after the military chief criticized such attacks on Pakistan and
warned that the country's borders would be defended at all costs.
An unmanned US drone fired two missiles at a house in Taulkhel village of
North Waziristan tribal agency, bordering Afghanistan, early Friday, security
sources told KUNA.
They said the attack killed at least 13 people, including two foreign
nationals of Arab descent, adding that the house was completely destroyed.
The latest US airstrike came two days after military chief Pervez Kiani
criticized US attacks inside Pakistani territory and said that the sovereignty
and territorial integrity of the country would be defended at all cost and no
external force was allowed to conduct operations inside Pakistan.
Military spokesman, Ather Abbass, talking to BBC on Thursday said that the
military troops would launch retaliatory operation if the US troops attacked
NATO forces, fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan, denied being part
of the cross-border US raids.
Nearly 31,000 US troops are in Afghanistan, divided between the NATO
command and a separate force under the US Central Command.
A New York Times report Wednesday said that President George W. Bush had
given secret orders in July authorizing US armed forces to carry out ground
assaults in Pakistan without seeking approval from Pakistan's government.
Pakistan's Ambassador in Washington Husain Haqqani held extensive meetings
at the White House, with National Security and Capitol Hill trying to assure
US lawmakers that his country remained a key partner in this war and that such
attacks had strained Pakistani-US relations. (end)
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