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US drone strike kills 10 in Pakistan

2011-11-16 11:15

Miranshah - US drones on Wednesday fired a salvo of missiles, destroying a house and killing 10 militants in Pakistan's Taliban-infested tribal badlands close to the Afghan border, officials said.

Four missiles slammed into the compound in the Baber Ghar area of South Waziristan, killing at least 10 militants who were reported to be local Taliban fighters, the Pakistani security officials said.

The strike came a day after six militants were reported killed in a similar attack in Miranshah, the main town of the adjacent North Waziristan district.

"At least 10 militants have been killed. Most of them are local [Pakistani] Taliban," said a security official in Peshawar, the main city in the northwest, which neighbours the tribal belt that Washington considers an al-Qaeda hub.

Another security official in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan, confirmed the strike and casualties.

US officials say Pakistan's tribal districts provide sanctuary to Taliban fighting in the 10-year war against US troops in neighbouring Afghanistan and to al-Qaeda-linked militants plotting attacks on the West.

The United States refuses to discuss publicly drone strikes in Pakistan, but the programme has dramatically increased as the Obama administration searches for an end to a decade of fighting in Afghanistan.

Comments
  • catja.schonlau - 2011-11-16 11:36

    Most of them... F*cking useless Yanks as usual... Go guys- I hope I get to fight a real Yankee, not just a piece of shut drone...

      Terence - 2011-11-16 11:41

      suggest you learn to speeka da Englis before you go on Jihaad.

      David - 2011-11-16 11:52

      So, you joining Al-Qaeda? You want to meet those 70 virgins waiting on the other side?(or is that 70 vegans?)

      Spyker - 2011-11-16 11:55

      We (on the other hand) pray for the day they are programmed with the coordinates of Luthuli House.

      Merven - 2011-11-16 12:39

      Another keyboard warrior, poppie, you'll sh*t yourself in a real battle.

      Jerzy - 2011-11-16 12:52

      Terence, I never knew English was a pre requisite for going on Jihaad. Can you please elaborate as to why one has to be fluent in English to defend against drone bombings that have killed many innocent civilians.

      Terence - 2011-11-16 14:57

      Jerzy: Speaking from experience, all the best Virgins speak English!! (suggest you lighten up a little bit)

      Riaad - 2011-11-19 19:07

      Once again, an unbeliever like David making fun of the fact that their will be women in Heaven for all true Believers - not just martyrs, by the way. And why should there not be? A practicing Muslim who does not fornicate in this world would deserve beautiful women in Heaven as just reward for his chastity. Those who believe in a Just God can appreciate this truth. After all, Adam was not happy even in the Garden of Eden, of all places, until God created Eve from his rib. I don't believe in suicide - bombing. However, they say that the suicide bombers are cowards for blowing themselves up and using themselves as weapons, but any honest person irrespective of world-view can see just how cowardly and murderous drone attacks are. Half the time, they are not sure at all if the target is occupied by civillians or not. God sees the truth, but waits ...

  • Irené - 2011-11-16 11:49

    USA- the biggest terrorist state in the world- do they ever give proof that those killed by their drones are in fact criminals or murderers? No, we must merely trust these triggwer happy blood thirsty terrorists. In what world do we live where one country has the authority to drop drones within a sovereign state and get away with it? If they are criminals- arrest them- try them and incarcerate them... does the expression innocent until PROVEN guilty mean nothing? One day the US will feel the wrath of the many countries they have bombed and bulldozed without any regard for international laws- I have no sympathies for these self-entitled killers

      Deon - 2011-11-16 11:55

      Pakistan seems to tolerate them as the US are helping them cleaning up theire country.

      Spyker - 2011-11-16 12:20

      Irene.., Tonight you - and you kind - go on your knees, clutching you beloved old pooch and thank each of your 'lucky stars'- as everything you take for granted are the consequence of the what the "American Way" had handed to you. For once you have lived under the oppression of communist-styled unrestrained exercise of power, the despotic abuse of authority typical of China-, North-Korea and alike (today), you will happily accept the USA and all its perceived flaws. Your judgement reeks of convenience - eg where were you on 11 Sep 2001..? Were you perhaps drenched in aviation fuel, burning at almost 1000 deg C and having no choice but to jump to you own death from the 50th story..? This after you arrived at your office that morning - working for a humanitarian organisation that feeds starving people in Africa FOR NOTHING... This was then indeed the fundamental flaw of the entire 'hippie' movement in the USA (in the 60s, 70s and beyond) - it attacked the very system that gave them the means to 'attack' it. It was simply a naive 'movement' that imploded under the weight of its own over-simplified inanity. During your prayer, also asked to be given the wisdom to grasp the humanitarian work done by the "West", you- and you kind so conveniently despise...

      Merven - 2011-11-16 12:43

      Irene, if it wasn't for the USA Hitler would've been in power now, so rather than talking nonsense, say thank you for the freedom you're enjoying thanks to the yanks. As long as countries harbour al-Qaeda terrorists they are fair targets. America did not throw the first punch.

      Irené - 2011-11-16 12:52

      spyker, what do pakistanis have to do with 9/11?? You are jumping the topic entirely. I maintain my point, the US cant go around dropping drones willy nilly. it's illegal according to international law! There is no concrete proof that the Taliban or Al Qaeda had anything to do with 9/11- you merely believe what CNN and other major news channels SELL as the truth. Thousands of innocent people have died because of the US strategies- they have bombed schools in Iraq, ive seen the photos of maimed children in the middle east who were merely walking to school when they were killed- you cant right one wrong by committing another crime that is a vicious cycle. america is creating just another generation of america haters- thats their own damn fault. I maintain that America, just like any other sovereign state MUST respect other sovereign countries-if we had to go bomb radicals in the US, they would destroy us within a day, why the double standard? that was my point You are gullible and delusional- I feel sorry for the 9/11 victims, but no more than I do for innocent children and civilians in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc who were blown apart. Keep things in perspective, American life is no more valuable than any other. BTW,i dont need to pray,Im an evolved human & dont need the magical toothfairy of ancient sheepherders to guide me. But hey,im just another godless heathen that respects and loves my fellow humans and animals on this planet- crazy!

      TheWally - 2011-11-16 14:49

      @tt Deon: It was a Jewish family (Rothchild) who sponsored Hitler (fact), so does that mean he was helping them clean up their country aswell? keep drinkingthe wine of media agenda and your reasoning will continue to defy logic...

      Irené - 2011-11-16 14:51

      @ wally, you're very brave to put that fact out there ;D the Rothschilds may just come after you one very dangerous family there- fascinating to research the extent of their damage worldwide...

  • Peter - 2011-11-16 12:44

    What goes round comes round.

  • Donder - 2011-11-16 12:51

    spykers.. 90% of americans think 9/11 was an inside job. same for germans, also 90%. little lower in the uk. its only in a country like SA that'll believe the opposite, probably cause we just brighter then the aforementioned.

      Heiku - 2011-11-16 16:08

      Finally proof that 90% of americans are retarded. Thanks for that.

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