PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Suspected U.S. airstrikes struck targets in Pakistan's North Waziristan, killing around a dozen mid-level Taliban fighters, intelligence reviews say.
Hellfire missiles allegedly from U.S. aerial drones struck targets thought to be associated with the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network in the Miranshah district of the region of North Waziristan, killing several Taliban insurgents originating from Afghanistan.
U.S. intelligence officers told the online Long War Journal that although 12 militants were killed in the strike, no high-ranking al-Qaida or Taliban officials were struck.
The Haqqani network is led by Jalaluddin Haqqani, a former Afghan mujahedin. His network runs a de facto administration in North Waziristan and is thought to be linked to al-Qaida and Pakistani intelligence services.
The Hellfire strike is the third such operation in August. The latest strikes appear focused on Pakistan Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, who was believed to be killed in an Aug. 5 strike.
Taliban officials deny his death, though new leaders have emerged to take the reins of the Pakistani Taliban.
Tribal forces in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan claimed earlier this week to have captured Maulvi Omar, identified as the spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban.