Pakistan initiated the North Waziristan offensive in mid-June

PESHAWAR: On Thursday, the U.S.  carried out a drone strike killing at least four suspected militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, where Pakistani troops are bearing a military offensive against militant groups, Pakistani officials said.

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The drone fired two missiles at a motorcar in the Doga Mada Khel village, in the Datta Khel district of North Waziristan at around 6 a.m. local time Thursday, said Pakistani security officials.

Pakistan initiated the North Waziristan offensive in mid-June, aiming to earn away the remote tribal area along that Afghan border that has become a sanctuary for Pakistani Taliban, Afghan insurgents, al Qaeda and other jihadists.

The U.S. drone strike, only the fourth in 2014, was outside the portion of North Waziristan that had been cordoned off for the priming operation. Washington had long pressed Pakistan to take back North Waziristan, which was the main focus of the drone program, from the control of militants.

The Pakistani military operation in North Waziristan is expected to live about six weeks. The Pakistani armed forces said Wednesday that it had gained 80% of Miranshah, the principal town in the region. Pakistan had registered 876,999 civilians who have fled the fighting in North Waziristan by Thursday.

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