Drone Strikes kill 45 in 24 Hour Period

Drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas killed at least 45 suspected ‘militants’, Reuters confirms. It is the second-largest single death tolls to date in the controverial bombing campaign.

The attacks started on monday night, when drones fired into a militant compound and at a vehicle in North Waziristan, killing 25 suspects. South Waziristan saw the next strikes a few hours later, when 5 were killed.

Washington has been pushing a recalcitrant Pakistan to launch offensives against the two regions for years.

Relations between the two countries is at an all-time low, with joint intelligence sharing suspended in Janurary, after Raymond Davis, a CIA contractor killed two Pakistanis in Lahore.

Pakistan’s Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence, the powerful spy agency, has said Washington has its own targeting information and no longer relies on Pakistani intelligence.

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