DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- Pakistani officials say American missiles killed 15 suspected militants on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border today.
The first pair of missiles hit a vehicle and a compound near the main town in the South Waziristan tribal area. The officials say 10 people were killed in those strikes, included a prominent militant commander in the area.
Later, four missiles hit a vehicle in North Waziristan, killing another five people.
While the U.S. does not publicly discuss drone strikes in Pakistan, officials have said privately that they have killed several senior al-Qaida and Taliban commanders.
Ties between Washington and Islamabad have been strained since U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in a raid on a compound inside Pakistan in early May. Since then, the frequency of U.S. drone strikes has picked up.
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