First Drone Strike of the New Drone Era Is Business as Usual, With a Twist

The attack appears to have killed Wali ur-Rehman, the second-in-command for a Pakistani Taliban group.

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Wali-ur-Rehman (center), deputy Pakistani Taliban leader, speaks to a group of reporters in Shawal town in Pakistan on July 28, 2011. (Reuters)

According to reports from Pakistan, the first drone strike under President Obama's new drone strike policy occurred this morning in North Waziristan. How it was different than previous strikes isn't exactly clear -- but there's a new checklist, and new scrutiny from across the globe.

The attack (about which details are understandably sketchy) appears to have targeted Wali ur-Rehman, the second-in-command for a Pakistani Taliban group. (The Taliban denies the report.) 

Read the full article at the Atlantic Wire.

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Philip Bump is a former politics writer for The Atlantic Wire.

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