Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Drone Strike in Pakistan

I am going to offer an excerpt from a news article in The Guardian mostly without comment, other than to underline a few words for emphasis, and to comment that Pakistan is still suffering from devasting flooding.

Missiles fired from unmanned aerial drones have killed at least 12 people in a tribal region along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan as the US military steps up its bombardment of suspected al-Qaida linked militants in the area.

All those who died were inside a house in a village just west of the town of Miran Shah in North Waziristan, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The raid was aimed at the so-called Haqqani network, an Afghan group fighting US-led troops across the border. It was not immediately known whether any or all of those killed were militants.

Note the word underlined in the first paragraph. We fire Hellfire missiles at the homes of suspected militants.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that they bother with the word "suspected". What would it take to be "confirmed"? A statement like "I wish those #%@! Americans would stop blowing up people's houses" sounds pretty militant to me - especially when we've gone out of our way to make it clear that we are their friends.

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