Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris, Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

2014-07-14 09:21 IN THE WORLD PRESS

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Farnborough air show takes off but F-35 jet is grounded

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Bastille Day celebrations

Read more

TOUR DE TECH

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola death toll increases in Sierra Leone

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Finally, a good use for new app "Yo"

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Viviane Reding, MEP, European People's Party

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Schulz returns to Parliament presidency: back to business as usual?

Read more

  • Live: France celebrates Bastille Day

    Read more

  • In pictures: 2014 World Cup historic moments

    Read more

  • Boules and booze: Bastille Day à la New Yorkaise

    Read more

  • Clashes erupt in Paris as thousands march to support Palestinians

    Read more

  • Operations underway to refloat shipwrecked Costa Concordia

    Read more

  • Germany defeat Argentina 1-0 to win fourth World Cup title

    Read more

  • Paris’s Bastille Day fireworks ‘a homage to victims’ of WWI

    Read more

  • Thousands flee northern Gaza after Israeli warning

    Read more

  • Major differences remain as deadline looms in Iran nuclear talks

    Read more

  • Rival Libyan militias exchange heavy fire at Tripoli airport

    Read more

  • French military to extend Mali 'counterterrorism' operations into Sahel

    Read more

  • Legendary conductor Lorin Maazel dies aged 84

    Read more

  • Germany’s Tony Martin wins ninth stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Boko Haram claims Nigeria attacks and supports Iraqi militants

    Read more

Asia-pacific

US drone strike in Pakistan kills German militants

©

Video by Rania ABOUZEID

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-10-05

At least eight al Qaeda militants, including German citizens, have been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan's north-western tribal belt, Pakistani officials said late Monday.

AFP - A US drone strike has killed eight militants, including five Germans, in Pakistan's anarchic tribal belt where Western intelligence has traced an alleged plot to attack an array of targets in Europe.
  
"Five German rebels of Turkish origin and three local militants were killed in the strike," a Pakistani security official said late Monday.
  

Two other security officials confirmed to AFP that five German nationals were killed in the strike.
  
The attack took place in Mir Ali Bazaar, 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Miranshah, the main town of the North Waziristan tribal district bordering Afghanistan.
  
North Waziristan is a reputed hideout for militants linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and is the operational epicentre of the latest plot reportedly uncovered by European and US intelligence agencies.
  
The attack came hours after Japan and Sweden joined Washington and London in issuing an alert warning of the "possible terrorist attack" by Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups against their citizens travelling in Europe.
  
US channel Fox News, citing unnamed intelligence officials, said militants had a list of targets in France and Germany, including Paris's Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, the city's central railway station and the Alexanderplatz TV tower.
  
US and German media said the information about possible targets was provided by a German national interrogated at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.
  
Pakistani officials have reported that at least 21 US drone strikes in September killed around 120 people, the highest monthly toll for the attacks.
  
Recent missile strikes have largely targeted militants linked with the Haqqani extremist network, which is based in North Waziristan.
  
Officials in Washington say the strikes have killed a number of high-value targets including former Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud. However, the attacks fuel anti-American sentiment in the conservative Muslim country.
  
Militants fighting against over 150,000 US and NATO troops in Afghanistan are believed to be holed up in Pakistan's northwestern Federally Administered Tribal Areas, as are operatives at war with Pakistani security forces.
  
Washington has branded the rugged tribal area, which lies outside Pakistani government control, a global headquarters of Al-Qaeda and the most dangerous place on Earth.
  
The US military does not as a rule confirm drone attacks, but its armed forces and the Central Intelligence Agency operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy the pilotless drones in the region.
  
More than 1,150 people have been killed in over 139 drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2008, including a number of senior militants.
  
Under US pressure to crack down on Islamist havens along the Afghan border, Pakistan has in the past year stepped up military operations against largely homegrown militants in the area.
  
Last year Pakistan launched its most ambitious military offensive yet against Taliban militants in South Waziristan, expanding the campaign to many of the other seven semi-autonomous tribal districts along the border.
  
Pakistani commanders have not ruled out an offensive in North Waziristan, but argue that gains in South Waziristan and the northwestern district of Swat need to be consolidated to prevent their troops from being stretched too thin.
  
Pakistan has protested against the drone strikes but has never taken any practical steps to stop the US carrying out such attacks.
  
However, Pakistan's move to block a main land route for NATO supplies last week indicates official anger at incursions into its airspace from US aircraft.
  
Pakistan halted the NATO convoys on Thursday after officials blamed a cross-border NATO helicopter attack for the deaths of three Pakistani soldiers.
  
While the key supply route remains closed, NATO supply convoys have come under attacks in Pakistan in the past three days. Pakistani Taliban militants claimed on Monday two fiery raids in which nearly 60 trucks were torched.

Date created : 2010-10-05

  • PAKISTAN

    Taliban claim attacks on NATO supply tankers

    Read more

  • PAKISTAN

    Fresh US drone strikes target militants in tribal belt

    Read more

  • INTERNET

    Video raises fears of extra-judicial killings by Pakistani troops

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)