Top news: A drone strike early Wednesday in the tribal region of Pakistan killed four alleged militants, and according to Pakistani officials, one of those killed in the strike was the number two commander of the Pakistani Taliban, Waliur Rehman. The strike comes six days after President Barack Obama vowed to rein in the use of drone strikes, which have decimated the leadership of al Qaeda and the Taliban but also resulted in thousands of civilian casualties.
The Pakistani foreign ministry expressed concern over the strike, and it comes a few days ahead of when Nawaz Sharif is expected to take power. Sharif, the incoming Pakistani prime minister, has condemned the use of drone strikes in Pakistan and has demanded that they be stopped.
Wednesday's strike is the first since Obama unveiled tighter rules governing the use of drone strikes, and while he said such strikes would become more rare in the future, it has been widely expected that the CIA will continue to operate the program inside Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Afghanistan: Defense Minister Phillip Hammond confirmed that the British army has detained some 90suspected militants at a camp in Afghanistan but rejected claims by lawyers for the detainees that they had been held there illegally.
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