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Still More Death in Pakistan

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Oh my God, not again! What kind of headline is this, New York Times? “Taliban Leader May Have Been Target of Drone Strike”. What does that mean, may have been? You really don’t even know who the target was supposed to be?

But nonetheless it killed “at least” 10 civilians.

Several Pakistani security officials said there was no word on the Taliban leader. “The important thing for us is whether Hakimullah is among those killed,” said a Pakistani official in South Waziristan. A Pakistani intelligence official added that he believed Mr. Mehsud was “definitely targeted” on Thursday.

Right, that’s the “most important thing” – getting this one guy who may or may not have been the target of this recent strike. Well, according to this guy he was “definitely targeted”. But the state department has other ideas.

A United States intelligence official said he could not confirm that Mr. Mehsud had been killed.

Great! Anyway, we’ve been trying to kill this guy before, right NYT?

American officials have been trying to kill Mr. Mehsud with drone strikes, but there was no immediate confirmation from American authorities that he had been the target of this attack, which struck a compound in a remote region near the border of the South Waziristan and North Waziristan tribal areas about 7 a.m. on Thursday.

In April of last year he escaped unhurt when an American drone struck a militant training camp in northwest Pakistan.

So that’s our strategy? Just play whack-a-mole with these killer flybot drones and hope we nail this guy? What about, you know, the civilians in the area? I guess they don’t matter.

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Written by pavanvan

January 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm

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  1. Thanks for your Assassination Predator Drone story.
    I’m posting tomorrow the ACLU’s request for Freedom of Information Acti information on the US use of Predator and Reaper Drones. See their story here:
    http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/aclu-foia-request-seeks-info-president-obamas-use-drones You can download the full ACLU request.

    My blog is http://outofcentralasianow.wordpress.com/

    Keep focusing on the killing if innocent civilians, this will bring on the End of the War(s).

    25outof25centralasia

    January 14, 2010 at 11:07 pm


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