Sixteen Afghan Pro-Government Fighters Killed In Taliban Attack

SAS patrolling in Afghanistan

The military funds for Pakistan, however, include a condition which requires Islamabad to a decisive action against the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups to receive the assistance.

A high-ranking leader of the Pakistani Taliban died in a US drone attack, the terrorist organization confirmed on Monday, Feb. 12.

Muhammad Khurasani, a Taliban spokesman, said in a statement on Monday that Mr. Sayed had been killed in a February 8 drone strike in Growek region of North Waziristan, another tribal area.

The Taliban confirmed Monday that its deputy chief was among several militants killied in a recent United States drone strike near Pakistan's volatile border with Afghanistan.

A pair of suspected U.S. missile strikes killed the militant leader, Khalid Mehsud, also known by his alias Sajna, on Thursday last week in Afghanistan's Paktika province, near the border with Pakistan, Pakistani security officials said.

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The spokesman said Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah immediately replaced Mehsud with another commander, Mufti Noor Wali. "The vehicle was completely destroyed", an intelligence official told the Pakistani publication.

He was killed in a drone strike on Thursday in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan, the militant group added in a statement.

Militant sources said Wali, known by the nickname Ghar Starga, is a ruthless leader with experience working in Pakistani urban areas including the southern city of Karachi.

Afghanistan hosted military chiefs from several neighboring countries on Tuesday, including Pakistan's army chief, for a conference focusing on how to deal with escalating terrorism in the region. Islamabad denies charges that it harbors militants.

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