North Waziristan: Militants vow revenge as drone strike kills 23

Published: June 9, 2011

The identity of those killed could not be ascertained.

PESHAWAR: 

At least 23 militants were killed in a US drone strike on Wednesday which targeted a compound belonging to a North Waziristan-based militant group which, in turn, threatened to step up its fight against American troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The attack comes two days after US missiles killed around 19 militants in South Waziristan following the reported killing of al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri last Saturday.

A US pilot-less aircraft fired five missiles at the compound atop a hill in the Zoey Naray area, in Shawal tehsil, which has been described by local residents as a major training centre in North Waziristan Agency.

The Haqqani Network – the deadliest of all Taliban groups – and foreign militant networks are also known to operate in the remote mountains of Shawal, enveloped in thick forest, according to AFP.

“At least 23 militants were killed in the attack, and the compound was completely destroyed,” a source told The Express Tribune. Sources said it was not clear whether or not foreigners were killed in the attack.

The targeted compound was reportedly being used by militants loyal to Waziri Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadar. One of Monday’s three drone strikes also targeted the Gul Bahadur group in the Dray Nashtar area of South Waziristan, which is very close to Shawal.

An affiliate of the Gul Bahadur group, meanwhile, threatened to speed up its fight against the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan in response to intensified US drone attacks strikes on its territory.

“Because the United States is launching these strikes we will send more fighters to Afghanistan and step up our operations against US forces,” Maulvi Younus, one of Maulvi Nazir’s senior commanders, told Reuters. “We have no other option. We have no weapons which shoot them (drone aircraft) down, so we will fight the United States in Afghanistan.”

Based in South Waziristan, Maulvi Nazir’s fighters are allied with the Gul Bahadur group. Maulvi Nazir’s group is a rival of Hakeemullah Mehsud’s Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which is also headquartered in South Waziristan.

The Maulvi Nazir group had struck a deal with Pakistani government in 2007 under which they would not harbour anti-government militants in exchange for not being targeted when the army started mounting offensives in the tribal regions.

Commander Younus called on the Pakistani government to end the drone strikes, but said his group had no intention of breaking the pact. He declined to say how many fighters Nazir has at his disposal but Pakistani intelligence officials put the figure at about 1,200.

“We have lots of mujahideen. It is not a problem. If drone strikes continue we believe many tribesmen will join us because they (drone strikes) are killing ordinary people,” said Qari Yousaf, another close aide to Nazir.

Additional input from wires

Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2011.


Reader Comments (38)

  • ali habib
    Jun 8, 2011 - 2:45PM

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon..
    May Allah grant them a place in jannatul firdaus and join them with the mutaqeen. Amin.Recommend

  • gonewithedrone
    Jun 8, 2011 - 3:00PM

    gone with drones againRecommend

  • Muhammad
    Jun 8, 2011 - 3:08PM

    I think our government takes us for fools

    Integrated Dynamics and Satuma are manufacturing all kind of drones in Pakistan.
    Following are their websites.

    http://www.satuma.com.pk/
    http://www.idaerospace.com/

    I think Express should do a feature on them.Recommend

  • Aftab
    Jun 8, 2011 - 3:17PM

    Great! When are they going to missile Islamabad? I think ISI’s headquarters are in Aabpara.Recommend

  • khan
    Jun 8, 2011 - 3:39PM

    Where is National assembly resoultion and as well IMRAN KHAN nad JAMAT ISALAMI DHRANA and others to stop these brutal attacks fm USA ..Recommend

  • Fahd Shah
    Jun 8, 2011 - 4:14PM

    Why is the number always 19? please tell the truth some times.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Jun 8, 2011 - 4:25PM

    i thought there were no punjabi taliban?Recommend

  • vasanan
    Jun 8, 2011 - 4:26PM

    There are militant training camps in Punjab and POK too. When will US drone them??Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 8, 2011 - 4:30PM

    More militants dead — equally important no more sovereignty speeches by the Pakistan govt. The USA has made their position clear — they will judge Pakistan based on action not words and will continue drone attacks until Pakistan decides it will deny terrorist de facto sanctuary.Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Jun 8, 2011 - 4:32PM

    @ali habib:
    Does all that mean “Good riddance”?Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 8, 2011 - 4:48PM

    Why not declare the drone as the ‘official bird’ of pakistan? While after the attack the intel agencies tell us it was a militant training camp, so the Army didn’t knew earlier?Recommend

  • Tahir
    Jun 8, 2011 - 4:51PM

    The dead will include innocent, how can anyone justify the kiling of innocents? Recommend

  • ali habib
    Jun 8, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Itz just Jungle Law, stronger is always right and weaker is always wrong. Only stronger has rights to live.Recommend

  • Muhammad
    Jun 8, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Oh— So Sad! US has again strikes our innocent bunch who was doing nothing more than learning how to stuff those humble jackets with C4 and then exploding them among Kafir Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jun 8, 2011 - 5:35PM

    @Tahir:
    Are you gone mad ? For 100+ innocents, there’s an Ilyas Kashmiri killed, so it’s allowed.
    That’s American way of calculating Third World deaths, bro.Recommend

  • Jun 8, 2011 - 5:45PM

    It is a true can not be overlooked as a government of Pakistan adopted as a stance that
    drone strike creates counter productive,for example five are killed in drone strike rise in double as a revenge that is painful problem for Pakistani government.

    President and the prime minister of Pakistan has been insisting for stopping such attacks but The United States put all its request and arguments in this regard aside and strike are to be continued.

    We must admit this fact that large number of innocent people has lost their live,including women and children ,the persons who are narrowly escaped goes straight to the armed groups fight against American and Pakistani armed forces and joined them as a revenge.

    When i see this scenario in black and white find no breaking point in the new future ,be sure looks more destruction in the coming days.
    the ways adopted by the parties in the name of war on terror leading horrible situation ,top hills looks smeared with human blood,horrible picture has been framed by wrong policies .

    The best way leading to peace and security of the region is that parties concerned have a sitting around the table and take a firm solution of this longstanding blood game.

    Every problem has its resolve provide that mindset must be clean.Recommend

  • sajid imran khan
    Jun 8, 2011 - 5:57PM

    lives are not worhty than dollars, what a bargain by PAK govt.
    The person who is against pak or doing traitorship will be wreck soon.AameenRecommend

  • HANIF
    Jun 8, 2011 - 5:59PM

    Just await attacks on civilian in pakistan… i hope people from waziristan targets army only in return for this attack,, and the next coming … we are all coursed.. Recommend

  • antony
    Jun 8, 2011 - 5:59PM

    @arslan,
    IF you see drone attack leaked videos ,all the innocents are holding Ak47 and these innocent men have Ak47 to do innocent work of just pulling the trigger on other humans. Clear these cockroaches at all cost ..its good for pakistan.Recommend

  • Adeel
    Jun 8, 2011 - 6:12PM

    there are hundreds of drug lords in mexico who sneak in tonnes of drugs into US…why don’t US drone them?Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 8, 2011 - 7:01PM

    our rulers and the generals have sold our country for a few dollars..soon the drone will be all over Pakistan, including your home..so keep supporting them…Recommend

  • Akthar
    Jun 8, 2011 - 7:33PM

    So Arsalan, if we dont need the drones, why cant our troops go in? They are scared of terrorist, scared of India(lost all the wars), cant fight the drones, or helicopters! So what are they capable of? Oh yeah, killing the journos! PlZ read Ejaz haider article on tribune!Recommend

  • Faiza
    Jun 8, 2011 - 7:52PM

    These drones are good. Pakistan needs to get its own drones and kill more monsters. Only JI and sympathizers of killed terrorists create this hype against drones.Recommend

  • Jun 8, 2011 - 8:10PM

    Well done drones. Keep it up till the last terrorist is eliminated and Pakistan is sanitized. Recommend

  • BruteForce
    Jun 8, 2011 - 8:35PM

    Slowly people are coming around in favour of drones.. Remember, they have killed Pakistan’s most hated people like Baitullah Mehsud and Ilyas Kashmiri.Recommend

  • Shahid Saeed
    Jun 8, 2011 - 8:49PM

    Drone is a beautiful bird, rather than risking lives of our soldiers in fighting blood thirsty animals, drone the beasts from skies. Destroy them as Ababeels destroyed Abraha. Recommend

  • Thinking
    Jun 8, 2011 - 9:44PM

    Some of the commenters above really crack me up. You’re nowhere to be found when innocent civilians are killed by terrorists but when terrorists get killed by drones, you and the ghariat brigade shows up.

    Give me a break. All the research shows that people living in the Tribal Areas LOVE the drones. The drones hit with incredible accuracy at the terrorists and are much more accurate than a Pakistan Army fight (which they don’t even have the guts to undertake anymore). The drones create security for the locals who are terrorized by these fascists.

    Grow up. The drones are the best thing to happen to Pakistan in the last 10 years. Recommend

  • Ben
    Jun 8, 2011 - 9:45PM

    Drone now seems to have become the 5th generation warrior in fourth generation warfare. Read more at: http://pksecurity.blogspot.com/2011/06/fifth-generation-warrior-of-fourth.htmlRecommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 8, 2011 - 10:01PM

    America has entered with full determination in the region to eleminate the Ak 47 culture once for ever , and for this purpose the solution of Kashmir and Israel issue is a must . Therefore the whole world has authorised the international force to impose the wishes of 5 billion people over the wishes of so called 1 billion people who are being represented by few thousand terrorists and getting shelter in Pakistan and some other muslim countries .Recommend

  • Ghous
    Jun 8, 2011 - 10:19PM

    @antony:
    were you recordin those videos mr. ak47? Give just only one valid link of a valid video? 911 drama still not proved its validity.Recommend

  • Ghous
    Jun 8, 2011 - 10:21PM

    @Sukkur Saheb:
    last terrorists or last pakistani ? ;)Recommend

  • Romm
    Jun 8, 2011 - 10:51PM

    @Anthony
    Pics were from Waziristan not Lahore. Every Tribals carry weapons,
    However, I condone Drone attacks in south and North because they are doing our job, Voluntarily. These are precise to the extent of millimeters. So, we pakistanis need to behave Sensibly instead of being carried away by media anchors commentaries. Cheers!Recommend

  • B alam
    Jun 8, 2011 - 11:03PM

    @vasanan:

    Did you say POK? Can you explain what it means? Recommend

  • sumair
    Jun 8, 2011 - 11:11PM

    Drones are unacceptable. if you kill the innocent today he will become the enemy of the state tomorrow. it will further radicalize pakistan. Recommend

  • Chilli
    Jun 8, 2011 - 11:45PM

    Just seen Fatima Butto’s gallant speech on SlowTV also available on Youtube. Open your eyes and face reality regarding drones.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 9, 2011 - 1:36AM

    Ali Habib:

    If youare so sure that these killers of innocent, abusers of women and evil thugs are going to a better place, then why don’t you try and join them. To me people like you are as dagerous as those brutal killers. because people like you (Jamaatis) always try and show them to be better than what they really are. Everytime a drone attack, people in Pakistan should distribute sweets.Recommend

  • Hafeez.Indian
    Jun 9, 2011 - 2:41AM

    @B alam: POK means Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, a terminology used by GOI, which is mentioned as Azad Kashmir by GOP.Recommend

  • Jun 9, 2011 - 8:27AM

    @Adeel:
    Because Mexicans haven’t attempted mass murder on a global scale that we’re aware of. Intelligent comparison you had there.

    People complaining: You might be fine with sitting back and taking it through the neglect of your government. But, there’s one very true thing you can all agree on. America certainly isn’t like Pakistan. We actually do something about problems in the world. You do nothing and consider the world itself the problem.

    Get over yourselves. You’re not victims of America. America is the only one actually defending your lives. Yes, we have our own reasons but they aren’t the only reasons. When people in America hear of your deaths regardless of the media, nobody is happy about it or says anything bad. When we die it makes you happy and after hearing you speak of it in a positive way, there is always one obvious thing. That thing is you don’t know anything about us. At all.

    But, you go right on ahead and blind yourself to all the views except the ones that say everyone is out to get you so you can imagine your misery as a form of sacrifice for the greater good. Assuring you a place in heaven when you get blown up by your neighbor and the shrapnel also takes out your family. Add on a hope for a short out of body experience before leaving so you can see the ones who watched it happen dancing on your corpse.Recommend

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