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US drone strike has taken out the Taliban's number two commander and Pakistan a terrorist accused of killing Americans.
That's the word from Pakistan intelligence officials the White House will lock -- for an out of the Taliban denying it.
The US has had a five million dollar bounty out for that commander for 2009 attack on our US base in Afghanistan.
That attack which killed seven Americans with the CIA it was depicted in the movie zero dark -- -- Pakistani officials say five people died in today's drone strike drone strike.
If it's confirmed it would be the first strike in Pakistan since president Obama's speech last Thursday when he outlined new rules for using drones in places like Pakistan and Yemen.
Jennifer -- is live from the Pentagon tonight Jennifer is there anything unusual about this drone strike.
Well -- only in that it comes six days after the president laid out in a high profile speech just tough such action should be used judiciously.
Only when American lives are directly threatened.
America cannot take strikes wherever we choose.
Our actions are bound by consultations with partners and respect for state sovereignty.
America does not take strikes to punish individuals we act against terrorists who pose a continuing.
An imminent threat to the American people.
The strike on Wally -- on the number two leader in Pakistan's Taliban raised eyebrows in Washington since the president suggested last week.
That such strikes would not be in retaliation for attacks on Americans -- -- is believed to have sent the bomber that killed.
Those seven CIA personnel at a base in host.
I Afghanistan Harris.
What is the White House's response tonight.
Well essentially that as long as -- US troops in Afghanistan there's a need.
For strikes in Pakistan to protect those troops here's Jay Carney quoting the president.
She said it.
We have troops in harm's way in the Afghan war theater in that we need to take actions.
That are necessary to protect those troops.
For any strikers -- There must be near certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.
The highest standard we can set.
According to witnesses in Pakistan at least five additional people were killed in the drone strike.
On the Pakistani Taliban's number two Harris.
Details on this tonight from Jennifer Griffin thank you very much yeah.
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