Drone strike kills 5 in N Waziristan

Published: September 23, 2011

Missiles hit a house in Mir Ali, Khushali area, of North Waziristan on Friday. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

NORTH WAZIRISTAN: A US drone strike killed five people when it fired missiles on to a house in Mir Ali, North Waziristan on Friday evening.

According to reports, a drone fired missiles at the house of a tribal leader, Jamal Wazir in Mir Ali Khushali area of North Waziristan.

The strike killed five people, while many are feared to have been injured.

US has been conducting regular drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas targeting suspected militants believed to have been working with the Taliban, al Qaeda or associated organisations.

The drone strikes have become a major sticking point between Pakistan and the US especially since US forces raided a compound in the garrison town of Abbottabad deep in Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden in May this year.

US has in recent days stepped up calls for the Pakistan army to move into North Waziristan and take action against the Haqqani network, a militant organisation which the US says orchestrates attacks against the US troops stationed in Afghanistan before escaping to safe havens in Pakistani tribal border areas of Waziristan.

 

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Reader Comments (18)

  • fa'isal
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:27PM

    this is a parparic and cowardy action American hass lost its confidence in the Region, and as we muslim we sh’ll retaliate this genocide insha AllahRecommend

  • fahad ullah dar
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:40PM

    Where was this Drone when So called Haqqani were crossing the Durand Line to Attack the American Embassy in Kabul ?,Where was this Drone when a truck loaded with explosives was on its way to strike an American base in Wardak ? ? Where was this same drone when Charlie Wilson was Hugging Jalal u din Haqqani ? ? Where was this drone when Rabaani was holding talks with the same Taliban ? ?

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  • John B
    Sep 23, 2011 - 11:45PM

    No boots on the ground

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  • Shah Zalmay Khan
    Sep 24, 2011 - 12:27AM

    @fahad ullah dar:
    Questions of “Every Pakistani”. Bravo for speaking my words.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 24, 2011 - 12:53AM

    Clean out the terrorist who use Pakistan as safe haven and the drones will stop — not that complicated.

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  • dingling
    Sep 24, 2011 - 1:41AM

    haqqani haqqani drones drones dengue dengue floods floods target killing target killing bomb blast bomb blast that’s all we hear nowadays

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  • cautious
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:12AM

    Dawn article indicates that Pakistan military confirmed that casualties were militants — something the author of this article apparently didn’t think was worth mentioning.

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  • Lady gaga
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:13AM

    Us pakistanis either refuse too or don’t want to clean up our own country so it has been outsourced to someone who can.
    I say lets extend the drone strikes to the inner cities and take out all extremists. And just some food for thought – Pakistani terrorists have killed more muslims in Pakistan then all the US drone strikes put together.
    The only difference is that there is limited collateral damage when done by the US , but when our pakistani Taliban brothers do it ……. well lets just say they don’t give a damn who comes in the way!

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  • Zia Ul Haq
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:18AM

    @fahad ullah dar: you should know where they were – they were handing out financial aid with one hand to our politicians and visas to the thousands of our brothers who line up outside their embassy to try and get into their country every day.
    Please stop hating America and start hating our pakistani brothers who use religion to justify murder and terrorism

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  • Gen. Pasha (retd)
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:24AM

    @fa’isal: have you ever condemned the barbaric actions of the Pakistani Taliban that have murdered 35000 muslims over the last ten years? – or are they exempt because they are muslim? – you have a warped sense of reality (and bad English)

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  • mfhussain
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:30AM

    good.

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  • FJ
    Sep 24, 2011 - 2:46AM

    These barbarians who are involved in hazara shia killing needed it. Good job US!

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  • John Darling
    Sep 24, 2011 - 5:26AM

    Not to worry. I’m sure they were al Qaeda operatives 1 thru 5 and all under the age of 15.

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  • ayesha
    Sep 24, 2011 - 6:33AM

    @Gen. Pasha (retd):
    “have you ever condemned the barbaric actions of the Pakistani Taliban that have murdered 35000 muslims over the last ten years?”
    I afree with your overall sentiments. But I can only feel sympathy for 14000 out of these 35000 people who died? Why? Well according to a break up given by Dawn, 21000 who died were terrorists/insurgents, 11,000 were civilians and 3000 were army and security personnel. As you can imagine, I have o sympathy for the insurgents/terrorists who got killed. I also think it is disengenuous for Pakistan to tout the entire 35000 number as its sacrifice in the War on Terror.

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  • anybody agree!
    Sep 24, 2011 - 6:46AM

    these haqqanis are no good to our country!

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  • Pro Paki
    Sep 24, 2011 - 7:31AM

    they all should be eliminated with full strength, so the whole world could take a sigh or relief from their atrocities. There should be no soft corner from any quarter for these barbarian who are spilling blood of our own fellow citizens every day. They have got indigenous factories for production of suicide bombers and they are not only exported to neighboring countries but also fulfilling the needs of our own country. They even did not spare school going children – no mercy for these wild animals

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  • Gen. Pasha (retd)
    Sep 24, 2011 - 11:39AM

    @ayesha: Ayesha – I had not seen that breakdown. But if it is true then I must agree with your statement.

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  • Gen. Pasha (retd)
    Sep 24, 2011 - 11:40AM

    Eliminate all Terrorists and those that support them – Purify Pakistan

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