Pakistani Taliban senior commander confirmed killed by USA drone

2018 a game-changing year in Afgahnistan

2018 a game-changing year in Afgahnistan

A spokesman for the militant group, who's aim is to bring down the Pakistan government said the drone strike happened in the North Waziristan region, on the Pakistani side of the border.

Spokesman for the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohammad Khorasani said in a statement sent to the local media that Sajna, deputy chief of the group, was killed in the us drone attack in North Waziristan tribal region on February 8.

The militant group has not yet commented on the reported deaths.

Pakistan opposes drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, told reporters in Islamabad Friday he was unaware of the drone strike.

Donald Trump's Afghanistan strategy will embroil the U.S. in a "perpetual war" that is doomed to fail, a senior Pakistani official has warned.

Washington has designated Sajna a global terrorist.

In recent weeks, Kabul has been hit by several deadly assaults, including a massive suicide auto bombing in a crowded central area on January 27 that killed more than 100 people and was claimed by the Taliban. Two months in, 2018 has already seen two drone strikes killing at least six "suspected" militants in Pakistan. He is believed to be the mastermind of a 2011 attack on a naval base in Karaxhi, as well as a 2012 jailbreak in Bannu.

Details of the latest USA drone attack emerged as an Afghan delegation led by the neighboring country's deputy foreign minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, opened a new round of wide-ranging talks Friday with Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad.

The discussions come amid heightened bilateral tensions following a spate of deadly Taliban attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan.

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