N Waziristan unrest: US drone strike kills six near Afghan border

By AFP
Published: November 16, 2011

Another security official also confirmed the strike and casualties, saying that four to five drones were still flying in the area.

MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed six rebels in North Waziristan near the Afghan border on Tuesday, security officials said.

“At least six militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles on a rebel compound in the Miramshah bazaar,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He said thick smoke was seen coming out of the compound after the strike, adding the identities of those killed could not be immediately verified.

Another security official also confirmed the strike and rise in the death toll, given as three earlier.

More than 60 US drone strikes have been reported in Pakistan so far this year, and dozens since US Navy SEALs killed Bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2.

Visiting Islamabad last month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Pakistan to take action within “days and weeks” on dismantling Afghan militant havens and encouraging the Taliban into peace talks. 

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Nayla
    Nov 15, 2011 - 6:14AM

    Uff,these stupid drones,don’t they EVER get tired?!
    I know the desi “telly-bans” are a pain in the rear end but these stupid drones are no less!!

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  • Jadugar
    Nov 15, 2011 - 6:34AM

    Drones For your actions I will forever remain Grateful God Bless the Drones.

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  • Tariq hussain
    Nov 15, 2011 - 7:07AM

    Violation of international law and a great injustice to the Pakistan nation and it’s People by the U.S.A.

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  • Drone-Acharya
    Nov 15, 2011 - 7:07AM

    3 more innocent terrorists have been killed.Recommend

  • MarkH
    Nov 15, 2011 - 7:10AM

    They better have been innocents. If not I am going to be very disappointed in the direction the country is heading.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 15, 2011 - 8:31AM

    All Taliban are innocent. All the killing of Pakistani civilians is a jihad for them against Americans. Here is an example of these terrorists in action:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNXOQcFV-Dk
    Still their lovers and apologists would call them a victim rather than the terrorists against Muslims and Islam. Where do the rightwing parties of our country stand on their activities? These are not Americans who are killing but the Muslims to other Muslims by most brutal ways.

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  • Pundit
    Nov 15, 2011 - 8:57AM

    US needs to expand and enlarge the drone coverage in Pakistan.

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  • Soho
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:18AM

    @Nayla:
    Did u ever think maybe those 3 terrorists were going to blow up a girls school?

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  • Soho
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:23AM

    Three less! Thank you America for doing something our army should be doing.

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  • John B
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:41AM

    Miransha is the hot bed of Haqqani activities. What is surprising is the drones on the bazaar. Essentially saying no place is safe for these guys.

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  • Soho
    Nov 15, 2011 - 10:28AM

    @Mirza:
    Everyone should watch this clip to see how brave their beloved Taliban are. It is shameful for our country to allow this in the 21st century. Leaves one speechless watching this.

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  • Soho
    Nov 15, 2011 - 10:33AM

    @John B:
    And no place should be safe for them. Lahore, faisalabad, karachi, quetta, jhang, multan, peshawer… Oh! I just realized they’re all over pakistan. Where are we heading? For paks sake!

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  • Nine-Zero Karachi
    Nov 15, 2011 - 11:27AM

    @Mirza: Most brutal video I have seen !! Is this what Sharia is all about?

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  • Nov 15, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Bad news again for pakistan

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  • Soho
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:29PM

    From three to six, even better! Provided there were no innocent people.

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  • John B
    Nov 15, 2011 - 12:33PM

    @Mirza:
    Had seen a short clip before. This full length clip appear to be recently loaded. I felt sick to my stomach when they cry out Allah hu Akbar and stone the woman and man to death with smile on their face.

    PAK Taliban say that they will lay down their arms when Sharia is implemented in PAK and US leaves Afghanistan. US will eventually leave Afghanistan. Then sharia in PAK ?

    Root them out while you have help PAK. You are playing with fire and your religiosity and hatred towards US should not cloud the commen sense. These guys are more dangerous than nuclear weapons.

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  • A2Z
    Nov 15, 2011 - 1:20PM

    “the identities of those killed could not be immediately verified”…But they were terrorists…:(

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  • Nirmit
    Nov 15, 2011 - 2:51PM

    @Mirza: this is pathetic; pushing one away from what civilization could mean in worst ever manner; Thanks buddy for bringing this front; I did also watched a similar video where a mother is being killed with AK-47 next to her head, while her small child was crying next to her!!! this people can not be of any religion; hope their supporters would realize this and have some sense…..

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  • Nov 15, 2011 - 6:49PM

    It is not a way leading to peace,the way you have adopted leading to more counterproductive,if you understand,by using force,will compelled Talban it mean you are making mistake.
    How much time has been wasted due to wrong policy,how much men ,women and innocents has been lost their lives but the dispute is stand still,it mean it is not a right solution of the problem.
    Conferences are being held,negotiations are going on,trying to touch different levels for peace but with this process efforts are being sabotage by drone attacks.
    Drone attacks are not a solution not helping in settling the issues it create more issues for all the stake holders.
    In fact,drone attacks has become a great issue and parties are stubborn on it,drone is a machine and manufacturing products in shape of carnage,bloodshed more and more complicated situation.
    In case, United States want to peace in the region,if united want to get itself out with honor it should create confidence building measures by stopping the drone attacks because deaths of innocent child and women creates reaction and revenge.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 15, 2011 - 7:57PM

    My question is where is the outrage from our “brave independent” leaders? This cancer is running very deep in Pakistani society. Once the US is out of the area and drone attacks stop, this kind of public brutalization would become an everyday sport in Pakistan, just like public flogging in Zia’s era!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNXOQcFV-Dk

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  • Pk-Paris
    Nov 15, 2011 - 9:20PM

    @Mirza:
    That video was terrible. I cannot think in my dream that human being under the name Islam killing like this. These peple are worst than any demon.

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  • rkfrom USA
    Nov 15, 2011 - 11:19PM

    DRONES….NATIONAL BIRDS OF PAKISTAN……….!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Nayla
    Nov 16, 2011 - 12:11AM

    @Soho: Did you ever think, how many other innocent lives were gone when those unsuspecting people were blown up.Do you really think it is our people killing our people..do you really think it is all that we can see and nothing beyond that?

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  • Sao Lao
    Nov 16, 2011 - 1:09AM

    @Mirza:
    they are not talibans, but TTP fully funded sponsored terrorist organization to weaken the state of Pakistan but alas! they have been failed miserably and Pak Army has really kicked their butts.

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  • Sao Lao
    Nov 16, 2011 - 1:10AM

    @Nine-Zero Karachi:
    what is your agenda mr. nine zero? you seem quite a bit uncomfortable with Islam

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  • MarkH
    Nov 16, 2011 - 2:41AM

    @Nayla:
    By the sound of things, you’re about as blind as it gets. You have no knowledge of true human nature. You’re just another future unsuspecting victim to be pitied and humored. No, that’s not cynical of me to say that and no, I doubt you’ll end up learning anything if I even took you seriously enough to explain it in detail. People like you are simply the ones who don’t believe fire is hot until you set yourself on fire.

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  • Salman
    Nov 16, 2011 - 2:49AM

    It is very sad that Americans are killing innocent muslims in waziristan day by day and our government is not doing anything to stop them.whenever they kill anyone they say that we have killed terrorist but it’s not true.If terrorist have killed so who is attacking in afghanistan on american soldiers.they are afraid of Taiban. A decade has passed now they have lost this war so badly.

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  • Aceleaf
    Nov 16, 2011 - 6:14AM

    Find women and children( Awratain Aur Bachhay) for Imran. So that he can defend terror networks working in FATA.
    I like the situation when Politicians try to defend international terrorists on humanitarian grounds.

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  • hedgefunder
    Nov 19, 2011 - 2:03AM

    @John B:
    Sadly, your words of wisdom are falling on deaf ears!! Pakistan’s real rulers are well aware of the situation, but due to their own personal agenda to maintain their importance, they are prepared to destrpy the Nation, while its people just observe and play blame games !!!

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