USA drone kills 3 militants near Pakistan-Afghanistan border

USA drone kills 3 militants near Pakistan-Afghanistan border

The officials said apparently three local Afghan Taliban commanders, including Mullah Asmat and his nephew, were targeted but it was unclear whether they were present at the time.

A suicide bomber killed three people Wednesday - the third day of the tournament - outside the cricket stadium. "He remained associated with the Haqqani network but wasn't a prominent figure", said one senior Taliban member.

He has asked Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal to appreciate the Afghan Taliban's announcement. "This is just a propaganda of the Western media".

He said the "U.S. must comply with worldwide law when it comes to the use of lethal force and any potentially unlawful strikes should be independently investigated". Pakistan has carried out several operations against militants in Kurram, but violence has persisted.

The strike came days after the U.S. President Donald Trump asked Pakistan to do more against the militants hiding in its tribal area. Islamabad, however, denies there are any militants on its side.

In his August 21 policy speech, President Trump accused Pakistan of harboring Haqqanis and Taliban insurgents, warning he would "no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe haven for terrorist organizations".

Observers predicted an increase in United States drone attacks inside Pakistan when Trump came into power, but since January there have only been a few.

Cricket fans in Afghanistan have a record number of foreign players to watch in the ongoing Shpageeza Cricket League despite security concerns.

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