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Pentagon fails to confirm Nazir death

January 04, 2013 - Updated 050 PKT
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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon welcomed reports Thursday that Mullah Nazir was killed in a drone strike, saying his death would represent a "major development."


Local officials in Pakistan said Mullah Nazir, the main militant commander in South Waziristan, was taken out when an unmanned US aircraft fired two missiles at his vehicle.


But a Pentagon spokesman could not confirm the account.


"If the reports are true, then this would be a significant blow, and would be very helpful not just to the United States but also to our Pakistani partners," spokesman George Little told reporters.


Pakistani officials said the drone strike on Wednesday killed Nazir and five of his loyalists, including two senior deputies.

Reader Comments
when it is in their interest it get confirmed but otherwise they are happy on this.

syed baqar ahsan
Who knows just like Jihadi Kashmiri, Nazir may be alive;

Drone strikes are targeting barbarian terrorists,who are enemies of mankind and civilization. They have also posed existential threat to Pakistan itself. The idea of 'good' and 'bad' Taliban are ridiculous and its proponents are the worst enemies of the hapless people of Pakistan.

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