Reports of casualties from Thursday's attack varied between news outlets. The New York Times said the missiles killed eight people in North Waziristan, a Taliban enclave, but missed their apparent target.
The dead were all militant fighters, according to residents of the village of Dande Darpakhel. But the missiles did not strike a compound in the village owned by Maulavi Jalaluddin Haqqani, an associate of Osama bin Laden. Mr. Haqqani was the presumed target of the attack....
According to American officials, the Haqqani family protects forces from Al Qaeda in their enclaves in North and South Waziristan, provides logistics and intelligence for Al Qaeda operatives, and acts as a link between the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, who share the common mission of driving American and NATO troops from Afghanistan.
Pakistani newspaper Dawn, reports that 11 were killed, according to a security official.
Locals are still looking for more people in the rubble,' he said. ...
Residents said that all of the victims were local tribesmen, adding that locals had fired at two suspected US drones hovering above.
US attacks on Pakistani soil, which are seen "as a sign of US frustration at Pakistan's approach to counter-terrorism," according to Britain's Guardian newspaper, have grown more frequent in recent months.