MIRANSHAH - A US drone aircraft killed nine
suspected militants on Saturday in Pakistan's North Waziristan region
near the Afghan border, Pakistani security officials said.
The controversial drone program, a key element in US counter-terrorism
efforts, is highly unpopular in Pakistan where it is considered a
violation of sovereignty which causes unacceptable civilian casualties.
In Saturday's strike, a drone fired missiles at a compound in the Shawal
area of North Waziristan, killing the nine, said the officials who
declined to be identified.