Suspected US missiles kill 20 in NW Pakistan
MIR ALI, Pakistan – supposed American missiles slam into a home and a speeding vehicle near the Afghan boundary Tuesday, killing 20 alleged militants as the U.S. ramps up unmanned drone strikes in northwestern Islamist stronghold, Pakistani official said.

The eighth projectile attack this month in Pakistan killed target in North Waziristan, a mountainous tribal district that is a base for Taliban and al-Qaida-linked fighters accountable for many of the attacks on U.S. and NATO forces across the boundary in Afghanistan.

The U.S. has launched 100 such strikes in Pakistan so far this year, a major surge over preceding years for the drone program that is rarely officially known by Washington. Nearly all have hit in North Waziristan, where Muslim extremist run a virtual mini-state external the Pakistani government's control

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