Taliban Confirms High-Profile Death in Missile Strike

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A Pakistani Taliban leader confirms reports that the brother of a senior Afghan Taliban commander has been killed in a U.S. missile strike in northwestern Pakistan.

Pakistani intelligence officials say the man and three associates died when missiles struck a house last night in North Waziristan.

It was not immediately known if the Taliban commander believed to be the target of the attack was at the house or whether he was hit by the blast.

The commander is believed to be a senior figure in an al-Qaida-linked network that uses bases in Pakistan's northwest tribal region to plot and launch attacks on U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama has stepped up the use of missile strikes from unmanned drones in Pakistan's lawless tribal area since taking office.

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