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Suspected U.S. missile kills 6 in Pakistan
Suspected U.S. missile kills 6 in Pakistan
By Stephen Graham - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Nov 19, 2008 21:58:29 EST

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan The U.S. military apparently struck at Islamic militants outside Pakistans lawless tribal belt for the first time Wednesday, firing a missile that killed six suspected insurgents taking refuge away from the conflict zone along the Afghan border.

The government denounced the attack as yet another grave provocation amid a series of U.S. military operations in the country that have enflamed widespread anger among ordinary Pakistanis.

The harsh words were a sharp contrast to comments Tuesday by U.S. and NATO officials who reported increased cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against militant groups. Tens of thousands of U.S. and NATO troops are stationed in neighboring Afghanistan.

It looks like the Americans are not listening, but this is such a great provocation that it will bring a strong response from the government of Pakistan that will dissuade them, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said of the latest missile strike.

He declined to say what the response would be.

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