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US Drone Strike Kills 8 Militants in Pakistan

July 2, 2012

Security officials in northwestern Pakistan say a U.S. drone strike has killed eight suspected militants.

An MQ-1C Gray Eagle is silhouetted by the sunrise as it prepares for a mission at Camp Taji in Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 21, 2010. The unmanned aerial vehicle is being tested by Quick Reaction Capability 1-Reaction 1, a specially trained drone unit attached to the Enhanced Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale/Released)

Authorities say two drone-fired missiles hit a house in the Shawal district of the North Waziristan tribal region, near the Afghan border.

Drone strikes have become an increasingly contentious issue between Washington and Islamabad. Relations between the allies plunged into crisis after U.S. air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, resulting in Pakistan shutting its Afghan border to NATO supplies.

Pakistan has demanded the U.S. apologize for the November air strike. Washington has refused.

Pakistan says the missile attacks are counter-productive, violate its sovereignty, kill civilians and fuel anti-U.S. sentiment.

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