Three killed in drone strike on moving car

Published: March 15, 2011
The unmanned US aircraft targets a vehicle by firing two missiles at it in the Tapi area of Miranshah. PHOTO: FILE

The unmanned US aircraft targets a vehicle by firing two missiles at it in the Tapi area of Miranshah. PHOTO: FILE

At least three militants died on Monday in a US missile strike on a vehicle in a tribal town in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, security officials said.

The drone fired two missiles on a suspect vehicle and initial reports suggest three militants were killed, according to a security official, requesting anonymity. Another official confirmed the attack and said it took place about 10 kilometres east of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

A security official in Peshawar city said the missile targeted a moving car and killed three militants. The deeply unpopular covert US drone campaign which operates with the tacit consent of Pakistani officials, has been ramped up recently as the missiles target insurgents believed to be hiding in the lawless border regions.

Missile attacks doubled in the area last year as the covert campaign was stepped up, with more than 100 drone strikes killing over 670 people in 2010.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2011.

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  • Eeman
    Mar 14, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Daily drones fall like rain. Recommend

  • Mar 14, 2011 - 12:52PM

    According to Gen Aslam Beg (on ARY news); it is quite possible that the CIA is behind the TTP, Asian Tigers and other terrorist organizations operating in the FATA region of Pakistan. They are working as front organizations of the CIA and the international coalition of the hostile espionage apparatus that is aimed at toppling Pakistan. This is the reason why Gen. Kiyani has expressed that CIA operatives working in disguise of Taliban have been involved in attacks on security forces and military personnel (Daily Jang 27th Feb). These facts have been narrated by the Pakistani media as well as the western media including; the New York Times and the Guardian. Both these foreign newspapers have stated that Raymond has been working for CIA espionage and sabotage missions inside Pakistan.

    According to the New York Times, the ISI have demanded the CIA to hand over the complete and elaborate lists of all the CIA and US Defense Department contractors operating inside Pakistan along with details of their responsibilities, obligations and locations. According to Pakistani secret agencies, more than 364 CIA operatives have been working on very sensitive missions assigned by their superiors in Langley. Their activities are clandestine and they have a direct adverse impact on the strategic interests of Pakistan, its security and its integrity.

    According to Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report, Raymond and his accomplices were planning to hand over biological, chemical and nuclear weapons (possibly a dirty bomb) to be used against the Americans in Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to carryout a false flag. This would serve as a pretext for claiming that terrorist had acquired the material from Pakistani nuclear arsenal, which would then build a strong case against Pakistan’s nuclear program. These revelations have been further consolidated by the recent arrest of another CIA operative in Peshawar’s university town, where a safe haven of Black Water and CIA was suspected long before. This area has served as a nest for terrorist-manufacturing architects. It is believed that hundreds of his accomplices cum spies have gone under ground to escape arrest. The name of the CIA operative is Aaron Mark De Haven, and he was involved in suspicious activities under the blanket of a Muslim name, an NGO called Catalyst as well as a local woman whom he married. It is believed now that NGOs like US AID as well as others working in “rebuilding activities” of FATA (after the recent massive floods), are likely to be front organization of a massive spy network, and their strict scrutiny and quarantine is the need of the hour.

    A tremendously built underground espionage and sabotage labyrinth is being unearthed; it is studded with a huge contingent of CIA rats active in hollowing out the integrity and territorial foundations of Pakistan.

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  • asim khan
    Mar 14, 2011 - 2:59PM

    may allah bless the drones.They are removing the religious extremist filth from amongst us.why doesn’t america extend this campaign to all over pakistan as our cowardly government has shown that it’s too scared to take on the islamic fundamentalists who have made life hell for anyone not agreeing with their homophobic,women oppressive,intolerant,hate filled ideology.

    It would be much preferable if the pakistani army gets drones of its own & starts targetting the mosques & madrassas which propagate hate & violence against any one who doesn’t agree to their warped beliefs.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Mar 14, 2011 - 7:14PM

    Good job by drones. They have disturbed the safe haven enjoyed by terrorists.Recommend

  • Pathanson
    Mar 14, 2011 - 8:25PM

    We should go on a nationwide strike till Drones strikes. Do any pakistanis have the guts to do that? No we are too scared of our Politicians more than even Allah.

    Unless we bring this country to a total standstill for atleast 1 month nothings going to happen.Recommend

  • Babar Khan
    Mar 15, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Eeman its for you,

    There is no such terrorist organization working in the FATA and in some settle part of our country without the support of ISI. Nor can any organization work without the support of ISI. I know the influence of the ISI and it is inconceivable to say that our secret agencies are not involved with TTP and other alike organizations. To my reckoning which could be wrong is that if these terrorist organizations are backed by CIA then it means that our armed forces and ISI are sleeping and that 80% percent of our budget goes in vain. How can Hakim Ullah survive unless our forces allow him to live….?? Is it, that we cannot find him even after deploying 150000 army personnel in FATA?? Thing is that we are in state of war with 46 Nato countries and peace will only return when invading army leaves Afghanistan. We want our influence on the region of Afghanistan to have upper hand on India. Karzai in his speech clearly said “take your fight to Pakistan where the trouble lies” shows one thing that we are supporting them and yes we are supporting them and it’s obvious to everyone. It is all about regional influence it is not the war on terrorism or anything like that. But yes Americans are involved to defame Pakistan and to fabricate an excuse that our nuclear assists are unsafe. Recommend

  • curious1
    Apr 18, 2011 - 11:21PM

    Drones are doing good job in eliminating terrorists and providing material for both military and politicians for cashing in headlines to oppose it. My question to the military personals and the political leaders that if you sincerely want to eradicate terrorism then why do you oppose it instead? Are you with terrorists or with Pakistani people? Just being ‘Curious’.Recommend

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