March 21st, 2010
03:08 PM ET

Officials: 5 militants killed in Pakistan by drone

Five militants were killed Sunday night by a U.S. drone in Pakistan's tribal region, two intelligence officials and one local government official told CNN.

The drone fired two missiles at a militant compound in Alwara Mandi, a village 80 kilometers (49 miles) west of Miranshah in North Waziristan, one of seven districts in the tribal region.

The drone strike was the 21st this year, according to a CNN tally. All the strikes have targeted locations in North Waziristan or along the border between North and South Waziristan.

The officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

- Journalists Nasir Dawar and Nasir Habib contributed to this report for CNN.

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  1. David

    YAY! I love good news!

    March 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike in KC

    Congratulations CIA and US Armed Forces for taking out another 5 terrorists. This has been another great team effort. Keep them shaking in their boots waiting for the next one to hit.

    March 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    I hope this wasn't a case of mistaken identity.I read somewhere that the CIA pays locals to drop homing beacons on Taliban targets,and they get a few bucks for each drop.There is some suspicion they drop the tags randomly if they can't find a Taliban location.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    Here we go again.More of this sickening Bravado about how great itis to kill people.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Homer10

    Hmmmm... I remember when Bush was in office towards the end, and every 3-4 months you would here a story of a drone getting 1 – 2 Taliban. Since Obama has taken over, it seems like we here of 5 – 10 – sometimes 15 at a time getting nailed. It's amazing how much things start running better, when you have somebody competent running the show. Go Barak Go!

    March 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yadira

    Yes – but these five "militants" have families, families of twenty people or more. This would make at least 100 more people that hate the United States.

    Don't you see that the hatred towards the United States is growing exponentially?

    March 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Hooray for killing people on the other side of the earth with toy planes! Murder is murder, whether it's for yourself or for somebody else's resources. This is in no way "good news"

    March 21, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eugene Frank MD

    The current administration's surgical approach to the elimination of key Taliban terrorists, over against the blunderbuss approach of the prior administration, is significantly effective in terrorizing the terrorists: they never know when or where or how they are being hunted and destroyed.

    Additionally,this approach keeps civilian casualties to a minimum. That the Pakistani and Afghani governments and population have not taken up adequate arms or political will to do the job themselves, there inevitably will be civilian casualties: the inevitable result of any war and cooperation of these governments with their own enemies.

    France did the same in WWII and paid the price. The Russians did the same and paid an outrageous price in human losses. Compared to these latter countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan have little to complain about when American and allied soldiers are dying in their defense.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rajesh Gupta

    It is very hard to trust Pakistanis and their ISI service. They may put inocent people from villages in front of their guns or the US Drones, and at the same time protect the actual militants.
    No one knows who and how many are getting killed.
    Pakistanis may increase the killing to increase the numbers of killed as they are comming to US to ask for the money for their fight against terrorists and also for the Nuclear deal.

    The US Govt has always been Pro Pakistani Govt. and will give them what ever they want.

    Please remember that these militants were created by the Pakistani Govt. and ISI.

    March 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jack

    Nice work guys. Makes me wish I could serve another 20 years.

    March 21, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. michael

    5 terrorists and how many kid's?

    March 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alfa Dog

    Remember these news reports the next time you hear FOX News reporting on how the President is soft on terrorism.

    March 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    Please stop calling them "drones." Drones refers to simple machines, often shot down for target practice. Modern and sophisticated units are called "Unmanned Air Vehicles" or UAVs.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve in Dixie

    I think that these drone attacks are great. Good intelligence coupled with the ever capable drones can decapitate he leadership of the taliban at the local and regional level. Perhaps someday it will even lead to Bin Ladin himself. It is nice to see that Pakistan is willing to work with us against this our common foe.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Godzilla1

    Good – keep adding more drones and heavier weapons – don't let them have a moment's peace!

    March 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
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