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Eight killed in US drone strike

A US drone strike killed eight people in northwestern Pakistan today -- the latest in a series of drone attacks that come as a retired US general warns their overuse may threaten American foreign policy goals.

A foreign tactical trainer for al-Qa'ida was reportedly among those killed in the latest strike.

Three others were also injured in the attack on Haiderkhel village, about 30kms east of the provincial capital of Miranshah in North Waziristan.

Retired US General Stanley McChrystal said that drones had helped US troops but were hated around the world and that their overuse could jeopardise American security.