US drone strike kills seven in northwest Pakistan

The American aerial drone reportedly fired six missiles into a suspected terrorist compound in the village of Khushhali Turikhel in North Waziristan tribal district located on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, according to local news reports. 

Seven alleged insurgent fighters were killed in the attack, but that number could rise as Pakistani officials in the region continue to search the site for casualties, a security official told Agence France Presse. 

CIA Director David Petraeus and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt. Gen. Zaheer ul-Islam are set to meet later this week to discuss the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan. 

Zaheer will demand American military and intelligence forces end the armed drone strikes against suspected terror targets inside Pakistan during his sit down with Petraeus. 

The meeting will be Zaheer's first visit to the United States since American diplomats reached a deal with Islamabad to reopen critical supply routes to U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. 

Instead of U.S.-led drone strikes against suspected terror groups, such as the Taliban and al Qaeda, seeking refuge inside Pakistan's borders, Zaheer will request local forces be tasked with those counterterrorism operations, according to reports earlier this month. 

In July, reports surfaced that Islamabad was quietly lobbying Washington for control over the human intelligence assets inside the country that pinpoint locations and targets for American drones. 

That authority would theoretically allow Islamabad to protect suspected terror groups allegedly allied with Pakistani intelligence from U.S. strikes, while serving up groups that threaten the country's national security.

Last month, A U.S. drone strike against an al Qaeda safe house in northwest Pakistan ended with the deaths of 15 individuals, including the terror group's No. 2 official Abu Yahya al-Libi, a U.S. official confirmed to The Hill on June 6. 

“Abu Yahya was among al Qaeda’s most experienced and versatile leaders ... and played a critical role in the group’s planning against the West, providing oversight of the external operations efforts," the official said.