Central & South Asia
'US drone strike' claims lives
The attack is the first since Friday's protest rally in Pakistan condemning civilian deaths in US drone strikes.
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2011 04:40 GMT
The Pakistani public sees the drone attacks as a breach of national sovereignty [EPA]
the pakistanis kill one another with great ease, and are probably not comfortable neighbors. but they live there. that makes the americans murderers.
A US drone attack has killed at least five armed fighters in the North Waziristan tribal district in Pakistan, officials said.
how would they know? would they tell the truth if they knew it? they never have.
According to intelligence officials, the unmanned aircraft launched the missiles on Sunday, in Datta Khel, located 40km west of North Waziristan's main town of Miranshah.
The town is a frequent target of the strikes, and the country's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, is increasingly seen as battleground in the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
"The US drone hit a car immediately after it parked outside a house," an intelligence official in Miranshah said.
A second intelligence official said that the drone fired two missiles.
As a policy, the United States does not confirm drone attacks, but its military and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy them in the region.
A similar strike killed at least three people in North Waziristan on January 12.
On January 1, a string of attacks killed at least 15 people and destroyed a Taliban compound, according to Pakistani officials.
The latest attack is the first since a rally by hundreds of Pakistani tribesmen who gathered to protest against the drone strikes on Friday.
They demanded an end to the operations, which they said were killing civilians including women and children in the tribal areas.
More than 1,000 protesters staged the demonstration in Miranshah, shouting slogans against the United States and the CIA. The strikes are deeply unpopular among the public, who also see military action on Pakistani soil as a breach of their sovereignty.
According to a tally conducted by the AFP news agency, the covert campaign doubled missile attacks in the tribal area last year, where more than 100 drone strikes killed over 670 people in 2010 compared with 45 strikes that killed 420 in 2009.
Pakistan tacitly co-operates with the bombing campaign, which US officials say has badly damaged al-Qaeda's leadership. But it has stalled launching a ground offensive in North Waziristan, saying its troops are overstretched.
war on the cheap. not mad enough to declare war and occupy the country. not honest enough to explain why they are killing afghans, not smart enough to get out of there, and out of war. the insanity of the american elite is only possible due to the supine submission of the american sheep. 'ozymandias' was just a poem, but i think it may turn out to be prophetic of america's destiny. first they make war as a commercial goal, the sink into which munitions are poured so that there is never a glut of produce in the market. when the taxes are no longer sufficient, they pawn the schools, the hospitals, the roads and phone lines. when they can no longer fool anyone into taking american iou's, the nation will be faced with collapse or mass war.
Washington says the strikes have killed a number of high-value targets, including Baitullah Mehsud, the former head of the Pakistani Taliban.
more 'body count.' the americans never understand that the people of the country they are abusing resent it. it is never a matter of killing leaders, for they are in great supply. but the cia doesn't get paid for long view pacifism, they get paid for taking scalps. the fact that each scalp will grow ten more fighters may not penetrate, and doesn't matter, as someone else will pay the price.