The Intercontinental Hotel is seen after an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan January 23, 2018. (REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail)
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A midlevel Afghan commander of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network was killed Wednesday in a drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region, officials said, days after Afghan authorities blamed the group for attacking a luxury Kabul hotel.Pakistani government officials said it was carried out by a US drone.Two Pakistani intelligence officials in the area also said the US had carried out a drone strike, but according to their information the drone fired two missiles and killed two militants of the Haqqani network in the compound.The Haqqanis -- whose head Sirajuddin Haqqani is a deputy chief of the Afghan Taliban -- have been described by US officials as a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
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