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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 10:32 AM

 

Drone strike kills four suspected militants in Pakistan

Source: Reuters

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike killed four suspected militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border on Sunday, intelligence officials and witnesses said, the first strike in almost a month.

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 many civilian casualties.

A Pakistani parliamentary committee recently demanded an end to drone strikes on Pakistani territory as part of its recommendations for how its relationship with Washington should change. The United States has given no indication it intends to halt the campaign.

The remotely piloted aircraft targeted an abandoned girls' high school building used by militants in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, the officials and witnesses said. Three militants were wounded.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/drone-strike-kills-four-suspected-militants-pakistan-131045135.html

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IamK Apr 2012 OP
xchrom Apr 2012 #1
sofa king Apr 2012 #2
IthinkThereforeIAM Apr 2012 #4
sofa king Apr 2012 #6
cosmicone Apr 2012 #7
gratuitous Apr 2012 #3
Comrade Grumpy Apr 2012 #5
cosmicone Apr 2012 #8

Response to IamK (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 10:34 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Response to IamK (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 10:34 AM

2. Pakistan: "Hey! Stop killing the people we're pretending to help you find!"

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Response to sofa king (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 11:49 AM

4. Exactly...


... until Pakistan clears out the Al Qaeda/Taliban members/sympathizers in their military, this is the only way that is going to work. I hate to say it, but history has shown it to be that way.

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Response to IthinkThereforeIAM (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 03:37 PM

6. There are only two things one needs to know.

One is that Osama bin Laden resided under the obvious protection of the Pakistani officer corps, only a couple hundred yards from that country's officer academy.

The other is that after Dick Cheney offended the Pakistanis on a Monday, someone had a suicide bomber waiting for his secret arrival at an airbase in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

That means that the Pakistanis revealed Cheney's itinerary to the "terrorists" almost as quickly as they themselves knew of it, and had an asset in place and ready before he even arrived. That's pretty much the definition of state-sponsored terrorism, even if Cheney was a military target.

It makes one wonder how independent of the Pakistanis the Taliban really is, and if it ever actually did operate outside of their oversight and control.

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Response to IthinkThereforeIAM (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 05:26 PM

7. Pakistan is a state sponsor of terror

and those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

Until the Pakistani military and ISI are made irrelevant, they will continue to use terror. That is the only way Pakistan knows how to fight. In a conventional war, they get their asses kicked.

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Response to IamK (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 10:40 AM

3. The dead and wounded all had their militant cards on them

So we know they were very, very bad people. Thousands of miles away. Armed certainly with very bad attitudes and maybe worse. Push a button, and now we're all much, much safer. Don't you feel safer? Well? Quit weeping over the dead, you wimp, and answer the question! Oh, very funny: "The United States Constitution was found among the casualties." I suppose you think you're very clever. Now, pick up that flag and get waving it, dammit. Still a few drones flying around, you know.

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Response to IamK (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 01:34 PM

5. Seems like the Pakistanis would be justified in launching drone attacks here. Right?

It's not that we're harboring terrorists who want to perpetuate attacks on Pakistan, it's that our government is.

A Pakistani parliamentary committee tells us to stop, so we send in more drones. I guess we want to ensure that our endless war never ends.

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Response to IamK (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 05:27 PM

8. Big applause here. n/t

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