U.S. Drones Kill 18 in Pakistan

American missiles targeting suspected militants in Pakistan killed 18 people Friday, an ill-timed attack that comes one day after Pakistani authorities met with a U.S. diplomat to protest drone strikes in the country. Today’s strikes were the seventh this week, according to the Associated Press, all of which hit the tribal area of North Waziristan. The CIA’s drone campaign has been a major source of tension between the two countries, with Pakistan claiming the strikes kill civilians and violate their sovereignty. The U.S. has countered that the attacks are crucial to fighting al Qaeda and Taliban militants along the Pakistan-Afghan border.