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Monday
Apr302012

Pakistan Publicly Condemns US Drone Attack

HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- For the first time, Pakistan has publicly condemned a U.S. drone attack in its territory.

"The Government of Pakistan strongly condemns the US drone attack that occurred in North Waziristan [Sunday]," read a statement from the Pakistani foreign office released Monday. "Such attacks are in total contravention of international law and established norms of interstate relations. The Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone attacks are violative of its territorial integrity and sovereignty. The matter will be taken up through diplomatic channels both in Islamabad and Washington".

Pakistani parliament has agreed to new terms and conditions for its relationship with the U.S., and one of its terms was to ask the U.S. to stop drone attacks. Sunday's strike allegedly killed two militants.

Both countries previously agreed that the drone is the only effective weapon against militants in the inaccessible safe havens in Waziristan, but a number of issues from Ray Davis to the Osama Bin Laden raid and finally the Salala incident has forced both partners apart, which has made the cooperation more and more difficult.

The recent talks in Islamabad between Amb Grossman and Pakistani top officials also failed to yield results towards a resolution.

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Wednesday
Mar212012

Pakistan Demands End to Drone Attacks and an Apology from US

Photos [dot] com/George Doyle/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) -- The Pakistani parliament made two major demands of the U.S. on Tuesday that the Obama administration will likely ignore.

First, lawmakers want an end to unmanned drone attacks in their country that the CIA and Pentagon have undertaken to kill high profile members of the Taliban and al Qaeda hiding out in the northwestern region of Pakistan.

Parliament also called on the White House to issue an unconditional apology for the NATO attack that killed 24 soldiers last November.  This incident has further strained relations between Washington and Islamabad.

At the State Department, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland seemed to gloss over these latest developments with the Pakistani parliament, instead saying, "We have always considered that our relationship should be grounded on the basis of mutual respect and common interest."

President Obama has already expressed his condolences about the deaths of Pakistani soldiers but stopped short of a formal apology.  A Pentagon report of the incident found over-reaction from both sides when a joint U.S. and Afghan patrol came under fire by Pakistani troops.

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Tuesday
Mar132012

15 Alleged Militants Killed in US Drone Attacks in Pakistan

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- At least 15 alleged militants were killed in two separate drone attacks in northwestern Pakistan Tuesday.

In the first attack, a pair of missiles targeted a vehicle in the Birmal district of South Waziristan.  The blast left eight militants -- some of whom local sources say were foreign -- dead.

Another two missiles were later fired at a pickup truck in South Waziristan, this time in the Sra Khawra region of Shawal.  That attack killed seven alleged militants.

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Friday
Mar092012

Drone Attacks in Pakistan Kill at Least 16

Michael Skoglund/Workbook Stock/Stocktrek Images(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) -- A pair of drone attacks in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan on Friday killed at least 16 suspected militants.

One attack targeted a vehicle and the other struck a compound.

The identities of those killed were not immediately known.

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Thursday
Feb162012

Pakistan: Two Drone Attacks Kill at Least 13

Michael Skoglund/Workbook Stock/Stocktrek Images(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) -- A pair of drone attacks in northwest Pakistan killed at least 13 people on Thursday, including a number of suspected militants, and left at least seven others injured, according to preliminary reports.

The first attack was a two-missile offensive that targeted a compound in the village of Spalga; at least five alleged militants were killed and seven others were injured. Their nationalities were not immediately clear.

In a second drone attack, two missiles were fired at a pickup truck in the town of Mir Ali, killing at least eight militants; that number was expected to rise. Their nationalities were not immediately known.

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Monday
Jan092012

Lull in US Drone Strikes Aiding Enemy in Pakistan

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Fewer U.S. drone strikes against enemy targets in Pakistan recently have allowed the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other extremists groups to become stronger and more dangerous.

There were close to 120 missile attacks by the CIA in 2010, according to website The Long War Journal, but that number shrunk in half last year, as the Obama administration bowed to pressure from Pakistan.  The White House and Pentagon do not comment directly on drone strikes.

The Pakistani government has repeatedly objected to the drone strikes, calling them a violation of their sovereignty.  For the past two months, the CIA has held off on these missile attacks because of an incident near the border with Afghanistan in November that left two dozen Pakistani soldiers dead.

Islamic militants have used this lull and the overall cutback in drone strikes in general to smooth over the differences of rival factions and regroup. The results have been more assaults on Pakistani security forces and greater threats against U.S. and Afghan troops next door.

Still, U.S. officials, while conceding that the CIA has conducted fewer drone strikes, maintain that they could resume in earnest at any time in order to exploit their enemies' complacency.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Pakistan Drone Attack Targets Haqqani Compound

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) -- A drone attack in northwest Pakistan killed at least two suspected militants on Thursday and left another four seriously wounded, according to initial reports out of the region.

The four-missile strike targeted a North Waziristan compound belonging to Haqqani loyalists located near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.

No information regarding their identities was immediately available.

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Monday
Oct312011

Pakistan Drone Attack Kills at Least 3 Suspected Militants

Stocktrek Images/Getty Images(MIR ALI, Pakistan) -- A drone attack in North Waziristan killed at least three suspected militants on Monday.

The two missile offensive targeted a vehicle in Mir Ali, near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.

The identities of those killed was not immediately known.

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Thursday
Oct132011

Drone Attacks Kill Haqqani Commander, Militants in Pakistan

USGS [dot] gov(NORTH WAZIRISTAN, Pakistan) -- Two drone attacks in northwest Pakistan Thursday killed eight militants, including an important Haqqani network commander, officials say.

The first attack took place in the village of Dande Darpa Khel in North Waziristan -- an area known to be inhabited by the Haqqani clan.  Three missiles were fired at a compound there, killing three militants and Jalil Haqqani, one of the main operational commanders of the network.

In the second attack, a drone fired two missiles at a compound in the border town of Birmal in South Waziristan.  Four militants were killed as a result.

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Monday
Aug222011

Drone Strike Kills Suspected Militants in Southwest Pakistan

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) -- A drone attack on Pakistan's Norak village killed at least three suspected militants on Monday.

Initial reports said the two-missile strike targeted a vehicle in North Waziristan, near the country's border with Afghanistan.

No other information regarding the attack or the identities of those killed was immediately available.

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