US drones kill 10 militants in Pakistan
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 8:20a.m.
By Zarar Khan
American drones have fired a flurry of missiles in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, killing a total of 10 suspected militants, Pakistani officials said.
In the first strike, missiles fired from unmanned American spy planes hit two vehicles near the Afghan border, killing at least seven militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The strike came in the Mana area of North Waziristan, the officials added.
The officials say the area is dominated by Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a commander whose forces often strike US troops in Afghanistan, but they did not know whether his men were the targets of Sundays' strike. A US drone strike Saturday also in North Waziristan killed five Gul Bahadur allies.
About 10 hours later on Sunday, two missiles destroyed a home also in the Mana area, killing three militants, the officials said.
All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to the media.
The drone program is hotly contested in Pakistan.
Most Pakistanis feel the strikes violate the country's sovereignty and kill innocent civilians. The US maintains they are directed against militants and necessary to combat groups like al-Qaida.
North Waziristan is one of the last tribal areas in north-western Pakistan, where the military has yet to launch an operation to root out militants. The area has become a safe haven for fighters who use it as a base from which to attack American and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
The US has urged Pakistan repeatedly to conduct a military operation there, and earlier this week US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told The Associated Press that Pakistan was preparing an operation targeting the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan.
Pakistan has yet to confirm this. The country has been reluctant to undertake an offensive there, saying its military is already overtaxed by fighting in other tribal areas and parts of Pakistan. But many in the US believe Pakistan does not want to upset the many militant groups there that could be useful allies in Afghanistan after foreign forces leave.
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20/08/2012 10:30:25 a.m.
Dwight D Eisenhower - former US president and great WW2 general warned the world in his outgoing speech from office against the Military-Industrial complex and 50 years on what he warned the world about now has us firmly in its grip. This 10 can be added to thousands more who have died simply standing in the wrong place and being fired upon by a unmanned drone miles away.
20/08/2012 10:20:12 a.m.
Absolutely right, GARY, back you 100 percent. What is a 'militant' anyway ... maybe it is just someone who has had enough of foreign domination of his own country and is taking desperate measure to do something about it. So the cowardly western powers use a drone to kill this person and maybe his wife and children as well ... all added to the body count. This act alone is probably making dozems more 'militants' spring up in his place.
20/08/2012 9:03:01 a.m.
As the US and world debt continues to spiral out of control where an economic melt down is now the real threat here we are yet again wasting millions of dollars more just to kill 10 more people in a bid to gain control and dictate to a country that has nothing to do with them! World domination costs a lot of money and has never been achieved. WHY NOT? Well you can not promote war and bring terror to people with out them rising up and fighting back! US terrorise the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan with their air strikes, infiltration of troops, dictatorship, sanctions, killing innocent men women and children, you name it they have done it. You think doing that will stop the violence and hate??
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