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US drone strike kills 15 in Pakistan

2012-06-04 14:02

Miranshah - Rockets fired from a US drone killed 15 people in northwest Pakistan on Monday, intelligence officials said, an attack likely to add to tensions between Washington and Islamabad amid a standoff over Nato supply routes to Afghanistan.

The strike, the third in three days, targeted a militant hideout in the Hesokhel village of the North Waziristan tribal region, officials said.

It brought the death toll from drone attacks in Pakistan in the past three days to 27. Pilotless US drones hit targets in the South Waziristan tribal region on Saturday and Sunday.

The United States and Pakistan are deadlocked in difficult negotiations for the re-opening of overland supply routes to Nato forces in Afghanistan. No breakthrough is in sight.

Islamabad blocked the routes in November 2011 after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed by cross-border "friendly fire" from Nato aircraft.

The supply lines through Pakistan are considered vital to the planned withdrawal of most foreign combat troops from Afghanistan before the end of 2014.

The Pakistan government says the CIA drone campaign fuels anti-American sentiment in the country, and is counterproductive because of collateral damage.

US officials, however, say such strikes by the remotely piloted aircraft are highly effective against militants and are an important weapon in war against militancy.

Comments
  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 14:36

    A solution is for Pakistan to join the modern world, stand on anti-Jihadist principles and do its own work to eliminate this real threat to world peace and human evolution. Dialogue is obviously preferable, but if Jihadists continue with THEIR war on the modern world, Pakistan has to step up to the wicket and bat. Then NATO won't have to get involved.

  • Jerzy - 2012-06-04 17:15

    Fred, lets dissect your comment and start with the part of Pakistan joining the modern world. Taking a stand on anti Jihadist principles doesn't automatically qualify a nation as a member of the "modern world". Based on your assumptions, would a nation also be excluded as a member of the "modern world" if they did not take a stand against Christian fanatics currently sweeping across Europe in the form of Breivick and the EDL. Or does this only apply to Islam. The war on the "not so modern world" was pre empted by none other than the half wit Bush and his cronies. The only dialogue they used back then was selling simple minded lies to simple minded folk like yourself. As far as Nato is concerned, they are about as worthless as the UN, and its high time they are disbanded along with the UN as they are undemocratic institutions.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 19:28

      The freer world is taking a principled stand against Christian fanatics. Have you missed the trial of Breivik? Regretably Pakistan is a divided country when it comes to Jihadist violence, which is one if the reasons so many innocent Muslims are being killed and maimed in Pakistan and nearby Afghanistan and Iraq. If you're willing to stand by and do nothing, that's your choice. I'm not. The war on the freer world was preempted by George Bush? The more you blind yourself with this superficial rhetoric, the more innocent Muslims will die. is this what you want? Osama Bin Laden declared war on the freer world after the first Gulf War in 1994. Why? Because Saudi Arabia allowed NATO to use its territory to defend Kuwait from Saddam Hussein's truly imperialist invasion of that country. George Bush was elected in 2000. Al-Quaida and the Taliban target anyone violently who doesn't agree with their very oppressive and chauvinistic way of life. By far the biggest sufferers have been innocent Muslims. Is this what you really want?

  • lesui07 - 2012-06-04 18:43

    The drone killings are counterproductive. instead of eliminating freedom fighters,they are increasing them exponentialy.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-04 19:31

      They're increasing them when not properly executed. They're intended to target Jihadists who want to die in their cause. Jihadists are not freedom fighters. They fight for the opposite of freedom.

      mundu.olewega - 2012-06-04 20:25

      I disagree, drones are a great way to eliminate the enemy at a relatively low cost. If the radicals are whining about them it means they are effective! If the the potential collateral damage quota don't want to be taken out then dont let the gooks hang out at your place! To crush Germany in WW2 they flattened whole cities, no use whining when you start a war and don't like the outcome.

  • geralsosbee - 2012-06-06 16:53

    Drones & Directed Energy Assaults are used for two purposes 1)mass murder 2) kill the will of man. Understand that the wholesale killing and torturing of people globally by the fbi/cia/pentagon, and their operatives is executed by any means available, including Drones, Directed Energy Weaponry, High Tech Chemical & Biological Assaults. The killers of this nation understand that mass murder is not enough to stop the adversaries; one must also break the will of man to defend his own country, his own life (& that of his family) and his own sanity. Total psychological surrender is required. Torture and the threat of torture are the new weaponry used by the United States Of America in order to once and for all control all mankind and all nations. The USA's own combat veterans and patriots are also subject to the deadly assaults and torture. For more on torture see: http://www.boell.org/downloads/Lingis_on_torture.pdf http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/hightechassau.html Early on in the efforts by the fbi to prevent me from reporting their crimes, the fbi notified me that they will break me: See broken toothpick message dated Feburary 8, 2002 at http://www.sosbeevfbi.com/updatejan5.html

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