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20 Oct 17/Friday

Ahrar Umar Khalid Khorasani, the chief of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed in a US drone strike.At least nine close associates of Khorasani were also killed in the strike.The recent unprecedented increase drone strikes in the Pak-Afghan border region appears to be reflective of a change in policy in Washington, with at least 70 strikes both drone and ground conducted in Afghanistan in the past three weeks.The strikes came days after Canadian hostage Joshua Boyle and his American wife and three children were freed in Pakistan after five years of captivity at the hands of the Haqqani network.

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Khorasani’s death suggests resumption of intelligence sharing and coordination between Pakistan and USA.

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