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Drone Strike Kills Three Suspected Militants in Pakistan

Erik Simonsen/Getty(ISLAMABAD) -- A drone attack in northwestern Pakistan killed three alleged militants on Thursday.

The strike consisted of two missiles that were fired at a compound in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.

The attack comes a week after Maulvi Nazir, a top Taliban commander who targeted U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and nine of his comrades were killed in a drone strike in South Waziristan.

The identities of those killed on Thursday were not immediately known.

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Three Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- A drone attack killed at least three suspected militants in Pakistan on Tuesday.

The four-missile offensive targeted a car in the North Waziristan village of Hamzoni near Miran Shah -- not far from Pakistan's western border with Afghanistan.

The identities of those killed were not immediately known.

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Drone Attack in Pakistan Kills at Least Eight Suspected Militants

File photo. Erik Simonsen/Getty(ISLAMABAD) -- A drone strike in the Shawal area of North Waziristan killed at least eight alleged militants on Monday, according to initial reports.

The six-missile offensive targeted a compound used by militants near Pakistan's western border with Afghanistan.

The identities of those killed were not immediately known.

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Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills at Least Three Suspected Militants

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- A drone attack in northwestern Pakistan killed three alleged militants, according to initial reports out of the region Wednesday.

The strike targeted a vehicle traveling along a main highway east of Miranshah, North Waziristan, near the Afghan border.

The identities of those killed in the attack were not immediately clear.

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CIA Drone Strike Kills Al Qaeda Leader

File photo. (Stocktrek Images/Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- Yemen has confirmed that a top member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in a weekend airstrike that U.S. officials say was conducted by the CIA, another sign that the U.S. drone campaign in Yemen is gaining momentum.

A statement released by the Embassy of Yemen in Washington, D.C., said that Mohammed Al-Umda was killed by an airstrike on Sunday. The strike targeted the SUV he was riding in as part of a "militant convoy" in a remote desert region of southern Yemen. He was among three individuals killed in the attack.

The embassy statement does not identify who conducted the airstrike, but U.S. officials say the airstrike was conducted by a CIA drone. Both the CIA and the U.S. military's Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) fly Predator drones over Yemen targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operatives.

Al-Umda is described in the Yemeni Embassy statement as one of AQAP's "top commanders, tasked with providing logistical and financial support" and as having commanded a number of AQAP's military operations in Yemen. He is described in the embassy statement as having been "ranked 4th on Yemen's most wanted list."

According to the website The Long War Journal, which tracks U.S. drone strikes in Yemen, the U.S. has carried out at least six airstrikes in Yemen in the month of April, for a total of 13 so far this year. This year's totals have already surpassed the 10 conducted all of last year in Yemen.

Though counter-terrorism ties between the United States and Yemen's government have continued to be strong, U.S. counter-terror training was suspended last May during the long popular uprising against Yemeni president Ali Saleh. A U.S. official said the training was suspended because the units American military trainers had been assisting were being used by the government in military operations. Following a year of violent protests, Saleh officially stepped down at the end of February.

The Washington Post reported last week that the CIA is now seeking to expand its drone targeting program over Yemen beyond targeted "personality" strikes to include "signature" strikes that target patterns of suspicious behavior by terrorism suspects. Officials with knowledge of the request told the paper that the White House has still not decided whether to approve the request.

Al-Umda was convicted and imprisoned for his role in the bombing attack in 2003 of the French oil tanker Limburg in the Gulf of Aden. He was one of the 23 suspected or convicted al Qaeda members who in February, 2006 tunneled their way out of the Yemeni prison in which they were being held.

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CIA Drone Strike Kills Senior Al Qaeda Planner

JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. official confirms that a drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal areas last week killed Aslam Awan, a Pakistani militant who was a senior operations planner for al Qaeda.

The official described Awan as ”a senior al-Qaeda external operations planner who was working on attacks against the West.”

Little known outside of intelligence circles, Awan was killed in a Jan. 10 drone strike in North Waziristan.  It was the first such strike in almost two months.

There had been no CIA drone strikes since a Nov. 25 incident where NATO airstrikes mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.  That incident led to a cooling in U.S.-Pakistani relations.

There are a very few prominent al Qaeda leaders still believed to be operating in Pakistan, including Ayman al Zawahiri, who assumed the leadership of al Qaeda following the death of Osama bin Laden last year.

The official added that Awan’s death, “reduces al Qaeda’s thinning bench of another operative devoted to plotting the death of innocent civilians.”

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New Doubts Pakistani Taliban Leader Was Killed in US Drone Strike

JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Without DNA evidence, there is little chance of proving that Pakistan's Taliban leader was killed in a recent drone strike, according to the Pakistani interior minister.

Reports first surfaced Sunday that Hakimullah Mehsud died during a U.S. Predator attack last Thursday in the North Waziristan tribal region.

Mehsud has headed the Taliban in Pakistan since August 2009, taking over for slain leader Baitullah Mehsud.

Despite news of Hakimullah Mehsud's death, interior minister Rehman Malik said the government could not confirm that the Taliban leader actually died unless he had DNA evidence or at least confirmation from Malik's own independent sources.

A Taliban spokesman has also denied the report that Mehsud was killed.

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Pakistan Drone Attack Kills at Least 4 Suspected Militants

File photo. (Stocktrek Images/Getty Images)(ISLAMABAD) -- A drone attack in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, killed at least four suspected militants Thursday, according to initial reports.

The four were killed after two missiles were fired at a pickup truck traveling in the region. The nationalities of those killed were not immediately known.

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Pakistan Drone Attack Kills at Least Seven

Michael Skoglund/Workbook Stock/Stocktrek Images(ISLAMABAD) -- A drone attack Thursday in northwest Pakistan killed at least seven people and injured another five.

A mix of local and foreign militants were killed in the four-missile strike that reportedly targeted a compound in Shawal, a remote area between North and South Waziristan that  has long served as a militant safe haven.

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Drone Attack Kills at Least Six Afghan Militants in Pakistan

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- A CIA drone attack, targeting Afghan militants killed at least six people and injured four others in northwest Pakistan Thursday.

The strike, the third in the same area in just the last few weeks, took place in Azam Warsak in the Birmal area of South Waziristan. Multiple missiles were fired at a vehicle, destroying it, and along with it, reportedly the brother of a top Taliban commander.

The attack was aimed at a group of Afghan militants who target U.S. troops from safehavens in Pakistan, and have an unwritten deal with the Pakistani military not to attack inside the country. 

The Afghan group is led by Maulvi Nazir, who has been the target of drone strikes before. Thursday's strike reportedly killed Nazir’s brother Hazrat Umar and one of his senior-most commanders, Khan Mohammad, according to a resident of the area.

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