US drones may be after a high value target in Pakistan

Bill Roggio of Small Wars Journal reports that the US has launched three separate drone strikes in North Waziristan in the last 24 hours, indicating that perhaps, we are going after a high value terrorist: In the first of the two most recent strikes, the remotely piloted Predators or the more advanced Reapers fired several missiles at two vehicles in the Mana area in the Shawal Valley in North Waziristan, according to AFP and Geo News. Five drones were seen circling over the attack site before and after the strike. Pakistani officials said that between four and seven "militants" were killed in the strike, but did not disclose their identities. In the second of the pair of strikes, two more "militants" were killed while conducting recovery operations at the scene of the previous strike. Although no senior al Qaeda or Taliban leaders were reported killed, the pace of the strikes indicates that the one or more high value targets were the focus of the attacks. The US has now...(Read Full Post)