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US thinking to expand area of drone operations

us-air-force-drone_785837cWASHINGTON: The Washington Post reported late Friday.The United States is seeking to expand the areas inside Pakistan where Central Intelligence Agency drones can operate.

Pakistani security officials said that on Friday a US drone attack destroyed a vehicle in Pakistan’s tribal district of North Waziristan, killing at least three suspected militants,
The United States considers Pakistan’s tribal belt an al Qaeda headquarters and the most dangerous place on Earth, and has reportedly criticised Pakistan’s failure so far to launch a major ground offensive in North Waziristan.

Friday’s drone strike comes three days after a similar attack killed at least 15 militants and destroyed a training centre north of Miranshah.More than 220 people have been killed in Pakistan in over 40 strikes since September 3.

But it has also been said that Pakistan has rejected the request.Instead, the country has agreed to more modest measures, including an expanded CIA presence in Quetta.

“You expect us to open the skies for anything that you can fly,” the paper quotes a high-ranking Pakistani intelligence official as saying. “In which country can you do that?”

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