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At Least Nine Suspected Extremists Reported Dead In Pakistan's Tribal Area

In a 12-hour period, two missile attacks allegedly killed nine suspected extremists in Pakistan's tribal area, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

News agencies, quoting unnamed intelligence officers, say that six missiles were fired on a house in a village close to Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, and at least two extremists were reported killed when a U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles at a sprawling compound used by militants as a hideout in Pakistan's North Waziristan.

The Obama Administration has dramatically increased unmanned drone missile strikes on suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan's isolated tribal area, where a complete lack of security makes it impossible for independent observers to operate.

According to the BBC, citing official sources, "nearly 70 drone strikes have killed more than 200 people in Waziristan, where U.S. officials believe many al-Qaida and Taliban fighters find shelter."

Earlier this week, in a new report, Amnesty International said the U.S. has refused to provide any official information on the drone attacks, which it says is crucial to "assessing their legitimacy under international law."

The USA's use of drones to target insurgents in northwest Pakistan has generated considerable resentment inside Pakistan. Amnesty International has called on the USA to clarify its chain of command and rules of engagement for the use of drones and ensure proper accountability for civilian casualties.