A CIA drone strike on a car in Yemen killed three men believed to be al Qaeda militants on Monday, officials said, in a sign U.S. security operations would continue despite a political crisis in the volatile Arab country.
A senior military commander of al Qaeda in Yemen denounced today beheadings carried out by the group's Islamic State rivals, calling the act and its filming for propaganda purposes barbarous and asserting that US drone strikes are expanding al Qaeda's popularity in the country.
Amidst growing speculation about a military operation against the Taliban, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said "tough decisions" were needed to cope with the extraordinary situation faced by Pakistan.
A day after temporarily halting cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan in view of protest over drone strikes there, the US has said that it does not anticipate long term impact of its shipment through the country.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Tuesday linked Pakistan`s hardline Jamaat-e-Islami to Taliban and al Qaeda militants, claiming several activists of the party have been killed in US drone strikes.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday expressed deep concern over a drone strike that killed six persons, including commanders of the Haqqani network, and said Pakistan had conveyed its opposition to the attacks to the US.
Differences among top leaders of the Pakistan government over US drone attacks emerged on Friday, with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan questioning how the premier`s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz had believed American assurances that there would be no strikes during talks with militants.
Many of American drone strikes for targeted killing in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan are planned and carried out from US military bases in Germany as it has become as a crucial strategic hub for anti-terrorism operations, media reports said.
Amid continued tensions with the US over drone strikes, Pakistan army has successfully shot down a "drone" during a military exercise that was watched by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.