A joint al-Qaeda and Taliban training camp was struck in a missile attack in Pakistan's lawless Northwest Frontier Province. A strike, believed to have been launched by U.S. forces from Afghanistan, hit a train camp in the town of Mami Rogha in the Datta Khel district of North Waziristan. Upwards of 32 Taliban and possibly foreign al Qaeda were killed in the strike on the camp, which is situated about 26 miles west of Miramshah.THIS ATTACK COMES ON THE HEELS OF A HIGH LEVEL VISIT BY US OFFICIALS WITH MUSHARRAF. TAB SAID WE TALKED TOUGH IN SECRET, AND THIS US LED ATTACK WITHIN PAKISTAN IS PROOF.
"A U.S. pilotless drone aircraft carried out the attack at around 10:30 a.m. (0530 GMT)," Reuters reported, based on an anonymous Pakistani intelligence source and local residents. "There was a cluster of three houses and a tent which were hit. There were about 45 people in that area... Intelligence officials said some foreigners were among those killed in Mami Rogha, raising the possibility that al Qaeda fighters might have also been present."
An anonymous intelligence source familiar with al Qaeda's training camps in the region told The Fourth Rail that the Mami Rogha camp known to the intelligence community. "There is a camp there, also barracks and supply posts," said the source. There are "dozens" of camps in the Northwest Frontier province, but the source refused to give specific numbers. There are also several camps "run by lesser groups," such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, "in Azad Kashmir and other parts of Pakistan."
The strike on the Mami Rogha camp is the latest in a series of U.S. strikes against al Qaeda and Taliban training facilities strung across the Northwest Frontier Province. Al Qaeda camps in Damadola, Danda Saidgai, Chingai, Zamazola, and again in Danda Saidgai over the course of 2006 and 2007.
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