US drone strike kills 6

By AFP
Published: April 13, 2011

US drones fires four missiles into a vehicle in the town of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan.

PESHAWAR: US drones on Wednesday resumed missile attacks in Pakistan for the first time in a month, killing six fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network on the Afghan border, officials said.

Unmanned aircraft fired four missiles into a vehicle travelling through the South Waziristan district, targeting a common root for Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants who infiltrate Afghanistan to attack US troops.

“It was a US drone attack. Four missiles were fired. The target was a vehicle. Several militants were killed. The death toll is six,” a Pakistani military official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Another Pakistani security official confirmed the same details of the attack near the small town of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan, around six kilometres (four miles) from the border with Afghanistan.

Pakistani intelligence officials said the dead belonged to the Haqqani group, an Al-Qaeda-allied outfit run by Afghan warlord Sirajuddin Haqqani and based in the neighbouring North Waziristan tribal district.

An administration official in South Waziristan said those who died were “all Afghans. They were in pick up which came under attack.”

The Haqqani group is loyal to the Taliban and has been blamed for some of the deadliest anti-US attacks in Afghanistan, including a suicide attack at a US base in Khost in 2009 that killed seven CIA operatives.

The attack came just one day after a Washington meeting between Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, the chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, and Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, which runs the drone war.

George Little, a CIA spokesman, told AFP the talks were productive and that relations between the agency and the ISI remained on a “solid footing.”

It was the first missile strike since March 17, when Pakistan’s civilian and military leaders strongly protested over a US drone attack that killed 39 people, including civilians and police, in North Waziristan.

Analysts said any expectations that the CIA would abandon the drone campaign despite a series of diplomatic rows with Pakistan were misplaced, even if Pakistani leaders, for domestic political purposes, criticised the strikes.

“My assumption is there would be some kind of understanding for limited drone strikes,” said political and security analyst Hasan Askari.

“Drone strikes also serve Pakistan’s interest. These strikes take place in the areas that are not firmly under Pakistan’s control. Therefore, they weaken militant elements”.

This week, the New York Times reported that Pakistan told the United States to rein in drone strikes and slash the number of CIA agents and special forces operating in the conservative, nuclear-armed Muslim country.

The paper said the order highlighted the near collapse of US-Pakistani cooperation since a CIA contractor shot and killed two men who allegedly tried to rob him in broad daylight on the streets of Lahore in January.

The article quoted a Pakistani official saying that Pakistan’s military “would like the drones stopped,” after complaining that the Obama administration’s expanded drone attacks had run out of control.

If they cannot be stopped, Pakistan’s army chief of staff Ashfaq Kayani demanded, then the drone campaign should return to its original more limited scope and target areas within North Waziristan, the paper said.

The drone strikes inflame anti-US feeling, which is running high after the row over the CIA contractor and recent White House criticism of Pakistan’s efforts to defeat the Taliban in the tribal belt on the Afghan border.

Missile attacks doubled in the area last year, with more than 100 drone strikes killing over 670 people in 2010 compared with 45 strikes that killed 420 in 2009, according to an AFP tally.

Most have been concentrated in North Waziristan, the most notorious Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda bastion in Pakistan, where the United States wants the Pakistan military to launch a ground offensive as soon as possible.

Pakistan says its troops are too overstretched to launch such an assault.

The United States does not confirm drone attacks, but its military and the CIA operating in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy them in the region.


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Reader Comments (51)

  • Imran
    Apr 13, 2011 - 1:54PM

    So the game starts again.Recommend

  • Devestated!
    Apr 13, 2011 - 2:04PM

    Lol! Thrown into Bin, ISI demands. Rubbish they call them.Recommend

  • kamran azhar
    Apr 13, 2011 - 2:05PM

    well,these drones are doing what our scared & cowardly govt. won’t do,it’s too scared of the religious terrorists to take action agaisnt them & they roam about free spreading their bigotry,hate,homophobia & oppression of women.

    our govt. has allowed these religious savages to propagate their rabid and barbaric ideology all over our country & to set up their tv channels spewing out vile misogyny,homophobia & the inferiority of anyone non-muslim.

    Allah bless these drones,they are removing our barbaric filth.They are doing what our own govt. should have been doing.Recommend

  • Apr 13, 2011 - 2:20PM

    Ah yes, appears DG ISI’s US visit is bearing fruit. Recommend

  • Cityboy
    Apr 13, 2011 - 2:22PM

    OMG. .Yet again US drone strikes. .seems pak army and isi has no power to stop the US drones. Its nt gonna defeat the taliban…It is creating more and more pashtun drones for suicide strikes.Recommend

  • Saad
    Apr 13, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Its about time General Kayani asks his troops to take action, we need to shoot down one drone. The Americans will stop the attacks themselves.

    Gen. Kayani, I believe you are not a coward like our so called “leaders”. Please prove the difference.Recommend

  • loyal to Pakistan
    Apr 13, 2011 - 2:52PM

    There we go again.Leon Panetta’s gift to Ahmed Shuja Pasha(This is what Pasha gets for his visit to Washington).Like CIA gives a second thought about Kayani’s hollow threats.ISI is just trying to make fool of Pakistani public.Politicians and Generals of Pakistan have sold themselves to the US.PAF can shoot down “Fighter Jets” of India but cannot shoot down Fan driven Drones(What a joke).Recommend

  • J. Oberoi
    Apr 13, 2011 - 2:59PM

    So much for Shuja Pasha’s visit to the US asking the CIA to stop drone attacks !! Once you take the money, you are the slave.Recommend

  • syed
    Apr 13, 2011 - 3:04PM

    I think the CIA said to Shuja Pasha is …Shoooooo …….JA JA JA ……. Pasha . Recommend

  • chandran
    Apr 13, 2011 - 3:20PM

    expected one but it going to be extended to quetta sura
    southern punjab saladuin camp also.

    They will be paid extra money for that by Indian government to U.S. next on Hillary coming for indo -Us stargtic talk.Recommend

  • ABDV
    Apr 13, 2011 - 3:31PM

    Somebody stop this madness….this is totally bizzare!Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 13, 2011 - 3:42PM

    Yea; come one drones you can do it, fly over parliament house and drop one drone there by mistake please!!! we badly need it… Recommend

  • Ajmal
    Apr 13, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Pakistani is totally impotent in arresting terrorists. It is a fact which no one can deny.
    The state itself has been tacitly supporting terrorism for the last 30 years.
    Now terrorists guys like Dawood Ibrahim or Hafiz Mohammad Saeed have been freely roaming with the complete support of the government. Either you kill terrorists or allow US drones to kill them. Now what is wrong Recommend

  • Arslan
    Apr 13, 2011 - 4:48PM

    kamran azhar is either a really liberal-American-burgers-loving-’Pakistani’ or a neighbour.
    Because even Amreekans themselves can’t justify the killings of these civilians (what the majority are) without laughing.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Apr 13, 2011 - 5:15PM

    When Raymond Davis left the country unscratched the very second day a gift of drones attack was given and now after the visit of our ISI Chief the same barrage of drones is the reply. This means back to square one. Recommend

  • syed farhan
    Apr 13, 2011 - 5:34PM

    this indicate that CIA is not agreeing to conditions of ISI: another perspective i found on http://www.thenewstribe.com/2011/04/13/us-drones-kill-six-in-south-waziristan/Recommend

  • Javad
    Apr 13, 2011 - 5:37PM

    .Anyone who thinks Pakistan government, military or agencies are sincere in stopping the drone attacks are naive. Continuation of Drone attacks were expected. Not surprised at all. Recommend

  • Herrah
    Apr 13, 2011 - 5:39PM

    Awesome. Was due.Recommend

  • nasir
    Apr 13, 2011 - 5:53PM

    Its so shame…they are playing with the emotions of the nation. there shlould be strict action by out intelligence agencies and armed forces…Please please…………. Recommend

  • pragmatist
    Apr 13, 2011 - 5:59PM

    @ABDV:
    Stop what? The aid or the drone attacks on terrorists? They are terrorists, aren’t they? Or do you call them “freedom fighters”?Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Apr 13, 2011 - 6:05PM

    ISI Chief went to USA to protest against the drones or request for drone attacks????????Recommend

  • Anoop
    Apr 13, 2011 - 6:28PM

    A lot of respect show by the US to the Army Chief of Pakistan! How many minutes has it been since the Army Chief asked for complete reduction in Drone strikes?

    America can buy sovereignty from Pakistan, by the looks of it. No wonder Pakistan is 10th on the Failed States list.Recommend

  • ba ha
    Apr 13, 2011 - 7:39PM

    Time to get Chinese help ISI. In case you missed the message from CIARecommend

  • Somdet
    Apr 13, 2011 - 8:23PM

    after the last drone attack,air pak force was put on high alert, all leaves were cancelled and kayani gave ultimatum- what happened now? did the radar not catch the circling drone in time?Recommend

  • indian
    Apr 13, 2011 - 9:05PM

    pakistan strategy against WOT is half hearted!!

    It killed few bad taliban elements and creates many !!

    no one can win a war with diplomacy!!it wants to keep afganistan as its pimp for future for its own interests!!

    Pakistan be honest in the war or let americans do it!!Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Apr 13, 2011 - 9:13PM

    @Anoop:

    yeah, and its no wonder that india has 300 million filthy ugly dirty and poor people who will never get out of poverty, and at the same time has rebellions and insurgencies in half of all of its states, the biggest in which its terrorist army has been raping and killing the population for 20 years without hestitation. no wonder everyone hates india around the world. dont ever post here again…Recommend

  • Raja
    Apr 13, 2011 - 9:25PM

    Pakis always declare proudly they are able to confront India eye ball to eye ball.

    This is what you have achieved ..being treated like dirt by the USA.

    If you shed confrontation with India, you may be able to live with dignity.
    And you will stop being Pakis.

    You can live with respect as Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Ahmed Jehanzeb
    Apr 13, 2011 - 9:38PM

    Six terrorists killed! Best news I have heard today. Recommend

  • Mulla Toofhan
    Apr 13, 2011 - 9:45PM

    Asking the US to scale down the drone strike was for Pakistans public consumption only. I wonder if He even mentioned the subject, to the CIA chief, either the Amercian don’t care or they flatly refused his request. The army is nothing more than a Paper Tiger for the American. The US is well aware of the Pakistans Armed forces capacitty, and perhaps taking advantage of the Armed forces limited strength Blaming the Govt. will not stop it as the Army is simply not capable to handling the jobRecommend

  • R S JOHAR
    Apr 13, 2011 - 9:51PM

    Since Pakistan is not undertaking any operations in NW therefore it has reached with an understanding with US to continue drone attacks, though on face of it will keep opposing the same. Thus, Kayani is doing extremely well keeping both sides satisfied.Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 13, 2011 - 10:04PM

    @Anoop:

    When will you stop tracking Pakistan?Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Apr 13, 2011 - 10:10PM

    The drone attacks will stop when Pakistan Government agrees to the following:
    1) Allow US agents to move freely armed anywhere in the country.
    2) Allow ISAF to operate in the border area
    3) Reduce the army along the control line of J&K
    4) Hand control of the Nuclear Assets to IAEA monitoring cell.
    The terrorist cells are the by-products of the NeoCon’s New World Order and no matter how
    well our forces fight this curse, the terrorist will keep receiving aid from the same source that
    scolds Pakistan for not doing her best.Recommend

  • Chilli
    Apr 13, 2011 - 10:56PM

    Army is fooling Pakistan. Where is FJ Thunder Aircrafts??? in shwocase???Recommend

  • Baboo Saab
    Apr 13, 2011 - 11:37PM

    @Saad:
    I have only smiles for statementRecommend

  • Mir Agha
    Apr 13, 2011 - 11:55PM

    People are assuming that the GOP wants the drone strikes to completely stop. It’s for public consumption.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Apr 14, 2011 - 2:02AM

    almost 85 percent on defence,whose duty is to stop drone as well as suicide attack.
    if army and agencies have lost the courage to stop these then they must minimize their percentage to 15,rest 85 shld b spend on common man.and mr pasha after us visit must go to china and place the orders of bangels(choorean) for the whole so called leadership of pakistan. Recommend

  • Apr 14, 2011 - 2:25AM

    When are those JF-17s put to worknif they cannot save their own countrymen and protect igs own borders from frequent airspace violations…

    Simple – Never.

    Because they have a deal. Yes they make deals out of everything, We are super power of deals. We make dealsnin every shape and size. From NRO to these secrets drone strikes… Solution? UPRISINGRecommend

  • Apr 14, 2011 - 4:21AM

    Gen. Kiyani appears to be a better politician, than the professional one’s we have.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 14, 2011 - 6:13AM

    2012 is election year in the US. Obama would not like to be seen as “soft” on terrorism and Pakistan. Also, most Americans think that Obama is actually a “moslem” – hence Obama is going to have a bible in one hand and the joy stick control of a drone in the other hand. Sadly, the Pushtuns of FATA will be paying the price of Obama’s re-election campaign with their meagre lives.

    One day the US will leave – they have to as their position is unattainable in Afghanistan. Karzai and the powers to be know that the only country that will be left to help them is Pakistan. All the other countries, like India, would not be able to help them. After all it was Pakistan that helped them when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, India was then good friends with the invaders and fully supported the invasion. So all the money and people that the US/NATO invested in AFghanistan would have gone to waste.Recommend

  • FKH
    Apr 14, 2011 - 7:14AM

    Now where the hell is Pakistan Air Force who decided to shootdown all the drones in Pakistani Airspace. It was said the PAF on high alert.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/134871/paf-on-high-alert/

    “‘PAF on high alert’
    Published: March 19, 2011″Recommend

  • LOL
    Apr 14, 2011 - 8:39AM

    LOL shouldn’t all you Pakistanis be celebrating that some of your trash got taken out? Your government is powerless and refuses to hunt terrorists anyway. At least the US is fixing your problem for you with its own cash. There is a saying, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”

    Pakistani cracks me up. Either fix your terrorist problem or be happy that someone else is taking care of it for you. Recommend

  • Gen kayani
    Apr 14, 2011 - 10:29AM

    Oh dear, our amrikan radars are not working against amrika drones. The chinese toys has quality problems. Let’s take out the swords & camels! Time for jihad against drone imperialism.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 15, 2011 - 1:37AM

    No matter how many people the US slaughters in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq we all know soon they will have to get the *&^% out of this region. This is what they have always done. With the economy in tatters and the price of oil rising towards $200 per barrel it is going to go into bankruptcy. Bye bye USD.Recommend

  • Hmmmmm
    Apr 15, 2011 - 7:42AM

    @Anoop:
    Remember whichever third world country befriends USA , in the end she has to face similar fate…So India’s honeymoon with USA will end by 2020…..make sure you can avert similar consequences or else be ready to be the next one in line………….Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Apr 15, 2011 - 10:14AM

    @Maulana Diesel:
    I suppose the US economy is not as robust as Pakistan’s. I am sure Pakistan can absorb the subsidies when oil hits $200 but the US certainly can’t. Maybe, just maybe, Pakistan might consider a OH Bill to bail out the US. (OH Bill = Osama-Hafiz Bill)Recommend

  • vasan
    Apr 15, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Maulana Diesel: “With the economy in tatters and the price of oil rising towards $200 per barrel it is going to go into bankruptcy. ” Which country you are talking about. Dont u know that if US economy sinks, China will be at the bottom first to receive it with all their US Govt bills. What will be the value of PK Rs. Wake up friend and smell the coffee. Dreaming is ok but fantasizing is harmful to you.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Apr 15, 2011 - 3:56PM

    @vasan/@pregnant:)…..A profit warning occurs when a company disappoints its stock holders either with lower than ‘expected’ profits or revenues. So the emphasis is on ‘expectations’. In the US its citizens expect too much of its economy which is not going to deliver hence there is going to be a revolution. Most of the economies of the Western world are highly leveraged and on the brink of collapse. The US owes 14 Tn USD mostly to China and Japan. The only way the US can pay for this is by devaluing its currency. Average duration of US treasuries is 4 years. They have to devalue in the next 4 years.

    Bye bye USD, bye bye EUR — start buying the RenmimbiRecommend

  • Pragmatist
    Apr 15, 2011 - 6:28PM

    @Maulana Diesel:
    Oh boy ! Your knowledge of economics is amazing !! It is just one small matter that you ignored – the Renminbi is pegged to the US dollar !! Guess what happens to the trillions of dollars of treasury bills that the Chinese are investing in? Do you know why they do that? 60% of their surplus comes from the US. The US goes down, China follows. Do some reading before making these ignorant claims.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Apr 15, 2011 - 7:40PM

    @Hmmmmm,

    Only equals can be friends. USA, a Super Power can only be friends with powers of its status. Pakistan, for instance, isn’t even in G20, and is a middle level power at best.

    India on the other hand quite capable of handling the big power status. We have had an alliance with another super power before and that has only benefited us, same is going to happen this time as well.

    Pakistan should learn play with players its own size and should not play with the Big Boys. Or, else this is what is going to happen.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Apr 15, 2011 - 8:19PM

    @Salman,

    “When will you stop tracking Pakistan?”

    –> The day Pakistan stops training and sending Terrorists to India. I will forget Pakistan even exists! I promise.Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 29, 2011 - 12:51PM

    Some of the comments are very illogical and brainless especially from Indianthey thinks what US told them to. What US did was wrong history will prove it..They wage war against So many countries and said why people hate America.. Their history is full with bloody mass murders. They are creating more enemies like this. My question is What US is doing inside Afghanistan to win this war. Have they beat taliban in Afghanistan? Recommend

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