For decades the country has permitted a number of jihadist groups to openly operate under its aegis. A map highlights the more prominent groups openly operating inside Pakistan.
The Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group was the target of the attack, and a “high-value target” is reported to have been killed.
Members of the Haqqani Network, the Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group, and “Uzbeks” are reported to have been killed in an attack in the Shawal Valley.
Nine of the 19 drone strikes in Pakistan this year have occurred in the jihadist hub of Datta Khel in North Waziristan.
Sheikh Imran Ali Siddiqi, a senior al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent leader, and Muhammad Mustafa, a Taliban commander loyal to Hafiz Gul Bahadar, were reported killed in the strikes in Khyber and North Waziristan.
The Pakistani government has blocked The Long War Journal website from being accessed inside Pakistan. The censorship began sometime in July 2012, and continues to this day.
The strike is the second in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan in the past week.
The Pakistani military continues to claim no civilians have been killed in its offensive in North Waziristan. No Haqqani Network or Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group commanders or fighters have been identified as killed or captured.