U.S. drone strike kills 10 in northwest Pakistan: officials

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan Thu May 24, 2012 12:24am EDT

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MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike on suspected Islamist militants in northwest Pakistan killed 10 people on Thursday, Pakistani intelligence officials said, an attack likely to raise tensions in a standoff with Washington over NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

The pilotless drone aircraft attacked a compound in a village in North Waziristan, a day after a similar attack killed four suspected militants in the same region.

"The drone fired two missiles at the compound. We believe it was being used by militants," one of the Pakistani officials said.

The United States has been urging Pakistan to mount an offensive in North Waziristan to pursue members of the Haqqani militant network, one of Washington's most feared foes in neighboring Afghanistan.

That looks more unlikely than ever, as a result of a crisis in relations between Washington and Islamabad over a range of issues.

The United States has been pushing Pakistan to re-open supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan in difficult talks that show no signs of a breakthrough any time soon.

Pakistan closed the routes, which are seen as vital to the planned withdrawal of most foreign troops from Afghanistan before the end of 2014, in protest against last November's killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a NATO air attack along the Afghan border.

U.S. frustrations with Pakistan deepened on Wednesday after Pakistani authorities sentenced a doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden to 33 years in jail on charges of treason.

Attacks by unmanned drone aircraft, which U.S. officials say are highly effective against militants, fuel anti-American sentiment in Pakistan because they are seen as violations of sovereignty that inflict civilian casualties.

After a review of ties with the United States following the killing of the 24 Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan's parliament demanded an end to drone strikes.

Pakistan has spelt out in no uncertain terms that the drone attacks inside its territory must stop, but Washington is not listening, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told Reuters in an interview in April.

Analysts say the CIA could not kill high-value al Qaeda or Taliban militants without cooperation from Pakistani authorities, unless intelligence from informants on the ground used in drone strikes has improved dramatically.

(Additional reporting by Jibran Ahmad in PESHAWAR; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)

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Comments (4)
Austell wrote:
Better watch out Sky-net is gonna get you!

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Absolutely everything they say is a lie, they have always and will always attack, destroy, invade, enslave, conquer, murder and obliterate absolutely anything that stands in their way of total global domination – financial, physical, political and cultural.

When you hear their ‘officials’ say otherwise, it is their JOB to do so! To look you in the face and lie. They are proffessionals who train for years at this, and get paid a great deal of money to do it effectively.

When you hear the media speak on US affairs, it is their job to look you in the face and lie, it’s what they do. They are professional liars.

And Reuters is a global media dictatorship owned by billionaires in the US ruling class, there is NO democracy in western media!

Almost all the important news on various channels, papers and networks in the west is PURCHASED from Reuters, and therefore duplicated and kept uniform around the western world creating a massive information monopoly.

They are the western media wing of the US global dictatorship.

May 23, 2012 11:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
RealitySucks wrote:
Let psychopaths play with toys that murder and innocent people are always going to be hurt.

May 23, 2012 12:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
beancube2101 wrote:
Just take back all our troops and stop operations in the region. Let the population of Pakistan to decide who are the enemies. Our soldiers’ staying over there are a huge distraction. Get out now!

May 23, 2012 12:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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