U.S. drone strike kills nine in Pakistan, officials say

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan Fri May 4, 2012 11:33pm EDT

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MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone aircraft killed nine suspected militants on Saturday in Pakistan's North Waziristan region near the Afghan border, Pakistani security officials said.

The controversial drone program, a key element in U.S. counter-terrorism efforts, is highly unpopular in Pakistan where it is considered a violation of sovereignty which causes unacceptable civilian casualties.

In Saturday's strike, a drone fired missiles at a compound in the Shawal area of North Waziristan, killing the nine, said the officials who declined to be identified.

Shawal is a remote area of forested ridges and valleys that spreads out on both sides of the border and has long been known as a haven for militants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and beyond.

A Pakistani parliamentary committee recently demanded an end to drone strikes on Pakistani territory as part of its recommendations for how its relationship with the United States should change.

The United States has given no indication it intends to halt the campaign, and the administration of President Barack Obama has said the use of the remotely piloted aircraft is legal under international law.

(Reporting by Haji Mujtaba in Miranshah and Jibran Ahmad in Peshawar; Writing by Qasim Nauman; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Comments (10)
stambo2001 wrote:
How is it even remotely legal, by any standard, to assassinate without evidence or even so much as a trial. We live in an age where evil has become right, where assassination is justice, where the ‘good guys’ kidnap, torture, and murder in the name of ‘democracy’.

If they are not brought to justice….well, they are not brought to justice.

May 05, 2012 1:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeAlpha100 wrote:
Those nine poor guys died, because they didn’t fly to the US embassy to protect their human rights.

May 05, 2012 3:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
1964 wrote:
Everybody thinks Obama’s reelection hinges on the economy. But in reality it hinges on the war in Afghanistan, the use of drones to kill others without even as much evidence to know if the people targeted were terrorists. Suspicion is enough now to kill, clearly Americans as well as foreigners. Awlaki, a US citizen, was killed on no more than suspicion of his role in al Qaida. There will come a time when the US and its president will have to accept responsibility for their actions. Then the real face of who the US president is, was, and will be, will show.

How anybody can claim that the use of drones in another country not at war with the US is legal under international law – it is mind boggling.

The US fires a bunch of CIA agents because they were drunk, but it doesn’t hold its president responsible for genocide. Brave new world.

May 05, 2012 5:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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