Latest drone strike kills eight in northwest Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan Mon Jan 7, 2013 11:51pm EST

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike killed eight people in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, three intelligence sources said, the latest in a series of drone attacks that come as a retired U.S. general warns their overuse may threaten American foreign policy goals.

A foreign tactical trainer for al-Qaeda was reportedly among those killed in the latest strike, although reports differed on his nationality. Some intelligence officials said he was from Somalia but others said he was from the United Arab Emirates.

Three others were also injured in the attack on Haiderkhel village, about 30 kms (19 miles) east of the provincial capital of Miranshah in North Waziristan, a region along the Afghan border that is a key stronghold of the Taliban.

Al-Qaeda's top strategist Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed nearby in a drone attack last year.

On Monday, retired U.S. General Stanley McChrystal said that drones had helped U.S. troops but were hated around the world and that their overuse could jeopardize American security.

Opinion in Pakistan is divided over drone strikes. Many criticize them as an infringement of the country's sovereignty and because they have killed civilians. Others say the strikes reach militants who are terrorizing the local population in areas the Pakistani army cannot go.

There has been an increase in drone strikes in recent weeks. Last week Mullah Nazir, a strong supporter of attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, was killed in a drone strike along with his deputy and top commanders. On Sunday a drone strike killed between 10 and 12 militants, local residents said.

(Additional reporting by Jibran Ahmad in Peshawar; Writing By Katharine Houreld; Editing by Michael Perry)

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dottydeedah wrote:
Drones kill mostly innocent civilians when missiles hit their homes in which they live, like you and I.

Jan 08, 2013 12:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
PenRumi wrote:
The drone attacks are scoring spectacular successes, but one must assume that there will be some form of reprisals.

Mullah Nazir, a top Taliban leader, who was taken out a few days ago by a drone strike, had close links to both the Haqqani network and Pakistan intelligence outfit ISI – a lethal duo that does not like its members or allies targeted and killed without response in kind.

The Haqqani network, with logistic support from the ISI, masterminded the assault on the US Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 that resulted in the death of four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

The assault, which was carried out by the Libyan militant group Ansar al-Shariah, al-Qaeda elements, and members of the Pakistani diaspora in Libya, was in direct retaliation for the death of Badruddin Haqqani and al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi; both were killed by US drone attacks in Wazirstan, Pakistan.

ISI of Pakistan wanted to avenge the Abbottabad raid that killed the honored guest of Pakistan, Osama bin Laden, and humiliated the nation of Pakistan.

Jan 08, 2013 10:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
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