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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:18 AM

Pakistan militant Mullah Nazir 'killed in drone attack'

Source: BBC

Senior Pakistani militant leader Mullah Nazir has been killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan, local security officials say.

He was killed along with at least five fighters when two missiles struck in the north-western tribal district of South Waziristan, they said.

He had been accused of sending fighters to support the Afghan Taliban and fight foreign and pro-government troops.

Mullah Nazir was wounded in a suicide bomb attack in November.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20896755



But imagine the outrage if Pakistan tried to launch drones in American airspace...

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Reply Pakistan militant Mullah Nazir 'killed in drone attack' (Original post)
alp227 Jan 2013 OP
MidwestTransplant Jan 2013 #1
cosmicone Jan 2013 #2
onwardsand upwards Jan 2013 #3
Nihil Jan 2013 #5
yellowcanine Jan 2013 #6
geek tragedy Jan 2013 #7
quadrature Jan 2013 #4
Eugene Jan 2013 #8
Nihil Jan 2013 #9

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:22 AM

1. Didn't he die toward the end of season 2?

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 02:01 AM

2. Go drones !!!!! n/t

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 05:37 AM

3. This is just murder

It's horrible that people are cheering these assassinations.

It's outrageous that people are being killed by governments for being "accused of sending fighters".

The language in this piece is dreadful:

-- "Senior Pakistani militant leader" (What are "militants"? Were American revolutionary fighters "militants"?)

-- "...killed along with at least five fighters ..." (Were they all "fighters"? No civilians? Not one?)

Whatever happened to the right to a fair trial before being executed by the state?

Shameful!

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Response to onwardsand upwards (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:40 PM

5. The one cheering the assassination in this thread is a known bigot who hates Pakistan ...

... haven't seen anyone else being that sick (so far).


> It's outrageous that people are being killed by governments for being "accused of sending fighters".
>
> (Were they all "fighters"? No civilians? Not one?)
>
> Whatever happened to the right to a fair trial before being executed by the state?

Haven't you heard? It's all OK if you're the one doing the bullying ...

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Response to onwardsand upwards (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:58 PM

6. 'Were American revolutionary fighters "militants"?' No and it wasn't called murder when the

British shot them. Whatever they are called, it does appear that they were participating in battles against Afghani and U.S. soldiers. Military combatants do not get trials. That is the way it is.

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Response to onwardsand upwards (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 01:04 PM

7. This guy was unambiguously the enemy, if this is who they actually got.

Like them, Mullah Nazir favoured attacking US and Nato-led forces in Afghanistan rather than Pakistani soldiers and it is unsurprising that he would be an important target for US drones.

In a May 2011 interview with the Asia Times, Mullah Nazir openly supported Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and the then al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden while rejecting claims that he was opposed to al-Qaeda.

"Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are one and the same. At an operational level we might have different strategies, but at the policy level we are one and the same," he said in the interview.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20896839

Not gonna shed tears for a dead theocratic enemy.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:37 AM

4. President Obama signed off on this guy?

or not, please enlighten me

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 03:17 PM

8. US waiting for blowback after drone killing of Pakistani ally

Source: RT

US waiting for blowback after drone killing of Pakistani ally

Published: 03 January, 2013, 23:11

A US drone attack killed an important senior militant commander in Pakistan on Thursday. The Taliban leader was on good terms with the Pakistan military, which makes his death a contentious issue.

Mullah Nazir, who led one of the four major militant factions in Pakistan, died in a drone strike in South Waziristan alongside 13 other fighters. Although Nazir sympathized with al-Qaeda and favored attacking American forces in Afghanistan, he was considered a “good Taliban” leader in Pakistan. Nazir and his followers did not attempt to overthrow Pakistani authorities and instead kept friendly relations with the military. The Pakistani government has negotiated several peace deals with Nazir and tried to establish good relations with those living in the tribal areas of Waziristan. In 2009, Islamabad made a nonaggression pact with Nazir before its operation against militants in South Waziristan.

“His death could upset the careful balance that the Pakistan military has tried to build in the troubled tribal areas that border Afghanistan,” writes the Telegraph’s Rob Crilly. Nazir was largely responsible for keeping the relationship between the Taliban and the Pakistani military at bay.

But Nazir was also a significant target for the US Central Intelligence Agency. The Taliban commander is believed to have been behind numerous attacks against the US military in Afghanistan and “has a great deal of blood on his hands,” Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters. The spokesman announced the ‘good news’ of Nazir’s likely death on Thursday, claiming that it would be beneficial to Pakistan as well.

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Read more: http://rt.com/usa/news/us-drone-nazir-pakistan-299/

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Response to Eugene (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:44 AM

9. That's a bit rich isn't it?

>> But Nazir was also a significant target for the US Central Intelligence Agency.
>> The Taliban commander is believed to have been behind numerous attacks
>> against the US military in Afghanistan and “has a great deal of blood on his hands,”
>> Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.

The Taliban commander has "a great deal of blood on his hands" because he was
believed to have been behind numerous attacks whilst but the "US Central
Intelligence Agency" (known & proven history of murdering civilians around the world),
"US military in Afghanistan" (known & proven history of murdering civilians around the
world - yes, 'as well as many lawful deaths of genuine combatants' before some yahoo
jumps in) and "Pentagon spokesman" (sole purpose being to defend the above) are somehow
absolved of the far, far greater quantity of blood on their hands because of ...?

Some people never did learn the lesson of September 2001 did they?

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