Drone strike comes despite transparency pledge

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The drone attack that killed a Pakistan Taliban deputy leader this week was a clear signal in the wake of President Barack Obama's promise of new transparency in the drone program: The CIA will still launch secret attacks on militants in north Pakistan and the administration will not have to tell anyone about it.

The CIA drone took off from Afghanistan on Wednesday and struck a compound in Pakistan's remote tribal areas. The Pakistani Taliban later confirmed the death of Waliur Rehman, believed to be one of the key planners behind the deadly suicide bombing at a CIA base in 2009.

However, White House officials would not confirm that the strike occurred, although Obama pledged in a national security speech that he would be more transparent about U.S. counterterrorism actions.