Drone attack kills 17 in Pakistan's Waziristan region

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Wed Jul 3, 2013 2:08am EDT

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike killed at least 17 people in Pakistan's restive border region early on Wednesday, Pakistani security officials said, in the biggest such attack this year, and the second since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office.

Most of those killed were fighters for the Haqqani network, according to three Taliban commanders and security officials.

Two missiles hit a house near the main market in Miranshah, the provincial capital of the tribal region of North Waziristan. The region is considered a Taliban stronghold.

Many were wounded in the attack, local tribesman Kaleemullah Dawar said, but rescuers delayed for fear of falling victim to a second attack, a common tactic with drone strikes.

"It was not possible for the people to start rescue work for some time, as the drones were still flying over the area," Dawar said.

Sharif, who won elections in May, has called for an immediate end to U.S. drone strikes on the grounds that they are a breach of Pakistan's sovereignty. The U.S. says it is attacking militants in areas the Pakistani army cannot reach.

A drone strike in May killed the Pakistani Taliban's second-in-command and six others.

(Writing by Syed Hassan; Editing by Katharine Houreld and Clarence Fernandez)

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Comments (33)
rmm200 wrote:
What is our legal basis for continuing drone attacks in Pakistan, when the government of Pakistan has expressly prohibited them?
Have we declared war on Pakistan?
Are we justified in using Drone attacks in France and Germany too?

Jul 03, 2013 1:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
joekanuck wrote:
Of course we are…it’s just that the US can’t steamroll the French and German governments quite so easily…and they might shoot back. Besides, the drones only kill militants. We know that, because the news stories say it’s true…so it must be true, right? After all, the information comes straight from the government and they wouldn’t lie about a little thing like killing the wrong people, would they?

Jul 03, 2013 1:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
rmm200@ No you are not.Hence the anti-americanism globally.

Jul 03, 2013 1:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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