Suspected US missiles kill 20 militants in NW Pakistan

An MQ-1B Predator from the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron takes off from Balad Air Base in Iraq, in this file photo taken on June 12, 2008. (Reuters)
Updated 17 October 2017
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Suspected US missiles kill 20 militants in NW Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan: Pakistani intelligence officials say suspected US missiles have struck a home in the Kurram tribal region, killing 20 militants.
Two intelligence officials said missiles fired from a suspected US drone hit a compound in the Mukbal area near the Afghan border Monday evening. They added that it was being used by militants from Haqqani network and that one of their top commanders, Sangeen Wali, was killed.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.
The strike comes a day after roadside bombs killed four security troops engaged in a search operation for militants in Kurram.
Pakistan considers the drone strike a violation of its sovereignty, while the US accuses Pakistan of providing safe havens for militants, which Pakistan denies.


Senate panel narrowly recommends Pompeo as US diplomatic chief

Mike Pompeo. (Reuters)
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Senate panel narrowly recommends Pompeo as US diplomatic chief

  • He is expected to be fully confirmed this week
  • Republican Senator Rand Paul's last-minute vote flip gave him the narrow edge

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, narrowly won approval from a Senate panel Monday and is expected to be confirmed by the full chamber this week.
A last-minute vote flip by Republican Senator Rand Paul, who for weeks had expressed opposition to Pompeo over his stance on the Iraq war and surveillance issues, gave Pompeo a narrow edge — and avoided what would have been an embarrassing setback as the president seeks to install his top diplomat.
“We’ll report him to the floor in a positive manner,” committee chairman Senator Bob Corker said, following a vote that saw high tension over the absence of one lawmaker, and a changed vote from “no” to “present” by one Democrat in order to favorably report Pompeo’s nomination.