Dienstag, 15. Oktober 2013

2500+ Killed by Drones in Pakistan, Names of Victims Now Available

Pakistan: Drone Killings Show Numbers, Not Bodies


America in Pakistan

By Mahboob A. Khawaja

"America has become a killing machine, driven by an ideology in which human life is but a worthless commodity that can be exploited and discarded."

Drone Victims Recount Horror of Follow-Up Strikes Launched Against People Rescuing Wounded

By Kevin Gosztola

"Some people lost their hands," Nabeel said of the second strike. "Others had their heads cut off. Some lost their legs. Human body parts were scattered everywhere on the ground. The bodies were burnt and it was not possible to recognize them."

U.S. Government Tech: Lousy at Health Care, Great at Flying Death Robots

By Will Bunch

The more I pondered the news today, the more I realized that the drone story and the health care story, on the surface completely unrelated, are very much deeply intertwined. It s a tale of priorities, and you have to wonder how those priorities got to be so bass-ackwards.

US kills three people in NW Pakistan

A US drone strike targeting a militant compound Thursday killed three insurgents in a northwest Pakistan tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.

Drone victims give US lawmakers first-hand account of attack

Rafiq Rehman and his two children testify about the day a drone murdered his mother; five lawmakers attend.

Wounds of Waziristan: A Documentry On Drones And Its Victims

The Story of Drones As Told By the People Who Live Under Them.

US Kills 5 People In Pakistan

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a drone strike, a high-ranking Taliban official has told the BBC. Four other people were killed in the strike, including two of Mehsud s bodyguards, intelligence sources say.

Pakistani political leader says NATO supply routes will be cut if U.S. drone strikes continue

The chief political leader in Pakistan s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province threatened Thursday to choke off key NATO supply routes if U.S. drone strikes on Pakistan continue, setting up a potential clash within the country s national government.

US Kills 25 people in Pakistan

The head of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a US drone strike in Pakistan on Friday. "Among the dead, are Hakimullah s personal bodyguard Tariq Mehsud and his driver Abdullah Mehsud, two of his closest people," said one intelligence source, adding at least 25 people were killed in the strike.

Pakistan accuses US of 'scuttling' Taliban talks with drone strike, summons ambassador

"Brick by brick in the last seven weeks we tried to evolve a process by which we could bring peace to Pakistan and what have you (the US) done?" Pakistan s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar, Ali Khan said. "You have scuttled it".

Pakistan reviews US relationship over Taliban drone kill

The Pakistani government is holding a high-level meeting to review its ties with the US. The country s top officials were infuriated with the US drone assassination of a Taliban commander, who was about to engage in talks with Islamabad.

President Obama Reportedly Told His Aides That He's 'Really Good At Killing People'

This will not go over well for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner. According to the new book "Double Down," President Barack Obama told his aides that he's "really good at killing people" while discussing drone strikes.

Pakistan: US promised no drone hits during talks

Punjab Chief Minister said that the US officials had assured him that the drone attacks would not be conducted during the process of peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Pak army shows its anti-drone technology

During the "Azm-e-Nau 4 Exercise" at Bahawalpur in Punjab province yesterday, the army air defence demonstrated its anti-drone technology by successfully bringing down a drone by targeting it with the 35mm Oerlikon guns, 'The News' daily said.

Drone Strike Served CIA Revenge, Blocked Pakistan s Strategy

By Gareth Porter

The back story of the episode is how President Barack Obama supported the parochial interests of the CIA in the drone war over the Pakistani government s effort to try a new political approach to that country s terrorism crisis.

8 killed in rare drone strike outside Pakistan s tribal areas

At least eight persons, including three alledged Haqqani network commanders, were killed on Thursday in a rare US drone strike outside Pakistan s tribal belt, just a day after a top official said the US had agreed to halt such attacks during negotiations with militants.

U.S. drone strike kills 8 at religious school in Pakistan

At least eight students at a madrassa, or Islamic religious school, located in the northwestern Pakistani district of Hangu, died in an attack staged early Thursday by a U.S. drone, officials told Efe.

Pakistani leaders protest US drone attacks

Senior minister of the provincial government Siraj-ul-Haq led a group of provincial ministers and lawmakers who marched to the heavily-guarded US consulate and handed over a protest note to the diplomats, saying that the American drone strikes violate Pakistan s sovereignty and kill innocent people, Xinhua reported.

Pakistan blows cover of suspected CIA chief after drone strike

One of Pakistan s major political parties has published the name of what it believes to be the CIA s chief operative in Islamabad after a US drone strike killed five people last week. The group demanded on Wednesday that the spy chief face murder charges.

Three suspected militants killed in North Waziristan drone attack

At least three people were reported killed when two missiles were fired by a US drone on a compound in Angar Kalli area near Miramshah Tehsil in North Waziristan Agency on Thursday night, intelligence and local sources told

Pakistan: Altaf urges Imran to order shooting down of US drones

Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has said if Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan was brave enough, he should order shooting down US drones, instead of creating troubles for people by blocking Nato supplies.

Anti-Drone Blockade In Pakistan Forces Halt To US Military Shipments

Protesters vow to continue blockade until US ceases deadly drone strikes in that country.

Life After a Drone Strike

No foreign journalist travels to the most-bombed region of Pakistan to separate dead mother from militant; not even other Pakistanis can travel there without first getting special approval from the government. And so the news that gets out is, "Danger!"; a 20- second story on CNN about "bad people dying over there."

Pakistan unanimously passes resolution against US drone strikes

The National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution against US drone strikes in Pakistan, calling them a violation of "the charter of the United Nations, international laws and humanitarian norms."

Drone strike in Pak-Afghan border kills 5 "suspected" militants

A suspected United States drone strike targeting a boat in the waters of the Kabul river on Saturday near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has killed five people, said media reports.

US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills 3 Militants

"We briefly stopped some of the NATO trucks this morning, but now we are just holding a peaceful rally against the drone attacks," said Abdul Wali Shakir, a spokesman for the Jamaat-e-Islami party, which also attended the rally, demanding an end to the drone strikes.

Pakistan denounces drone attack

Pakistan has strongly condemned the drone attack carried out in North Waziristan on Wednesday-Thursday night and demanded these be stopped.

US drone attack in Pakistan killed German *security contact*

A German national died in a US drone strike in Pakistan, a report revealed on Monday. The 27-year-old convert to Islam claimed to have close links with German authorities and even to be in contact with security officials.

Leaked official document records 330 drone attacks in Pakistan

Although the document records civilian casualties in the early years, from 2009 these almost disappear. Even well-documented cases of civilian deaths are omitted.

From Information Clearing House


Pakistan Drone Story Ignored Military Opposition to Strikes

Gareth Porter, IPS News: While most mainstream news media outlets picked up The Washington Post story about a secret agreement under which Pakistani officials have long been privately supporting the US drone war in the country, it ignored the fact that the Pakistani military leadership had turned decisively against the drone war years ago.

Montag, 16. September 2013

Pakistan to approach UN over drone strikes

Pakistan on Thursday said it would approach the UN over US drone strikes inside its territory as they violate the country s sovereignty. 'These attacks cause collateral damage and violate international laws, including humanitarian and human rights laws, apart from violating Pakistan s sovereignty and territorial integrity,' said foreign office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

US Kills 7 People In Pakistan

Intelligence officials said US unmanned aircrafts fired four missiles which hit two houses at Shawal town of North Waziristan Sunday afternoon.

US kills another 4 people in Pakistan

It was the second strike in less than 24 hours in a violent area with a long history of U.S. drone strikes and militant activity. At least three alleged militants were killed Sunday in a drone attack on the Dargamandi area in North Waziristan, also known as a bastion of Taliban and al-Qaeda linked militants.

Pakistan condemns latest drone strike in North Waziristan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement denouncing the US strike and called for the US to bring a halt to the program. 'These unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan s sovereignty and territorial integrity' a statement released on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website said.

From Information Clearing House


Pakistan: Drone strike kills six

The Daily Star [Bangladesh]


At least six people were killed in a US drone strike on a militant compound in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area yesterday, officials said. The attack took place in Shawal , about 55 kilometres west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, along the Afghan border...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Is the State Department Trying to Silence Pakistani Drone Victims by Delaying Their Attorney s Visa?

Candice Bernd, Truthout: Shahzad Akbar, an attorney representing drone strike survivors in Pakistan, says the State Department is delaying his visa so he won t be able to travel to a Congressional hearing on drones.

Mittwoch, 24. Juli 2013

US Killed 94 Children In Pakistan

A tally of civilian deaths in Pakistan from drone strikes compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism that relies largely on media reports estimates the total number of civilian casualties at somewhere between 411 and 890.

Leaked Pakistani report confirms high civilian death toll in CIA drone strikes

The United States has consistently claimed only a tiny number of non-combatants have been killed in drone attacks in Pakistan, despite research by the Bureau and others suggesting that over 400 civilians may have died in the nine-year campaign.

If Trayvon Were Pakistani...


Why isn t Obama outraged about a drone war based on profiling?

US Kills Another Seven People in northwest Pakistan

Seven ''suspected'' militants were killed and three others wounded when a US drone fired two missiles at a compound in Pakistan s northwestern tribal region, triggering strong condemnation from Islamabad.

US Kills 7 People In Pakistan

Seven 'militants', including a commander, have been killed in a drone strike in the Watapur district of eastern Kunar province, an official said on Tuesday.

US Kills 4 People In Pakistan

At least four people were killed in a U.S. drone strike on Saturday in Pakistan s northwestern tribal region of North Waziristan, local media reported. The U.S. unmanned aircraft fired two missiles on a house in Moski village of Mir Ali area in North Waziristan, a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Pakistan condemns US drone strike

The statement stressed upon Pakistan s repeated emphasis on bringing an immediate end to drone strikes.

Suspected US drone kills 3 militants in Pakistan near Afghan border, officials say

A pair of missiles launched by a suspected U.S. drone killed at least three 'foreign militants' in an abandoned seminary near Pakistan s border with Afghanistan on Saturday, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

US Kills 6 People In Pakistan

Identity, nationality of slain men unknown, Pakistan intelligence officials say.

From Information Clearing House

Mittwoch, 12. Juni 2013

Pakistan s Prime Minister Declares End to Secret Approval of U.S. Drone Strikes

By Tom Hussain

''The policy of protesting against drone strikes for public consumption, while working behind the scenes to make them happen, is not on,'' Sharif said.

US Kills 18 People In Pakistan

Locals of the area observed the worst kind of terror and fear as four missiles exploded with big bangs in the thickly populated residential area of Serai Darapa Khel.

Pakistan denounces latest Drone attack

Pakistani officials say the strikes violate the country s sovereignty and that civilian deaths in such ''illegal'' actions are strengthening ranks of the militants.

US Kills 3 People In Pakistan

An airstrike carried out by a US assassination drone has killed three people in Pakistan s North Waziristan tribal area, which borders Afghanistan.

US Kills 9 people in Pakistan

At least nine suspected militants, including two foreigners, were killed in Pakistan s lawless tribal region in a US drone strike and a separate Pakistan military operation, security officials said on Sunday.

From Information Clearing House


Pakistan Taliban Say Killing of Foreign Hikers Retaliation for US Drone Strikes


Stop Killer drones


Pakistan: US drone attack kills 17

Al Jazeera [Qatar]


A suspected US drone strike has killed at least 17 people and wounded many others in Pakistan s restive border region, local security officials said. Wednesday s attack is the biggest this year and the second since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office. According to the intelligence sources the drone has targeted one of the Haqqani s compound in Darpakhel area of the North Waziristan...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Donnerstag, 30. Mai 2013

Despite Ongoing Protest, Obama Resumes Drone Attacks in Pakistan


US Kills 6 People In Pakistan

At least six suspected militants have been killed and three injured in a drone strike in north-western Pakistan, security officials have told the BBC.

Pakistan denounces U.S. drone strike that killed Taliban leader

''The government of Pakistan has expressed serious concerns over the U.S. drone attack that occurred in North Waziristan,'' Pakistan s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

From Information Clearing House


Pakistan: Islamabad summons a top US envoy over deadly drone strike



A top American envoy was summoned by Pakistan s new government to protest a U.S. drone strike that killed at least six militants in the volatile North Waziristan province, the Pakistan government said Saturday. U.S. charge d affaires Richard Hoagland was summoned Friday at the order of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and given a letter of protest, the government said...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Dienstag, 12. März 2013

A US invasion of Pakistan could bring down the empire


Obama terror drones

CIA tactics in Pakistan include targeting rescuers and funerals.

US Kills 4 People In Pakistan

State-run Radio Pakistan reported four persons were killed in the attack by the CIA-operated spy plane in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency.

A Secret Deal on Drones, Sealed in Blood

That back-room bargain, described in detail for the first time in interviews with more than a dozen officials in Pakistan and the United States, is critical to understanding the origins of a covert drone war that began under the Bush administration

Pervez Musharraf Gave US Permission To Murder People In Pakistan

By Jon Boone in Islamabad and Peter Beaumont

Former president Pervez Musharraf has admitted giving permission for the CIA to launch drone attacks inside his country, directly contradicting repeated claims by the Pakistani government that it has never authorised drone strikes.

'No civilian drone deaths' in Pakistan claim was false, says US documents

In June 2011, John Brennan, at the time President Obama s chief counter terrorism adviser, stated publicly that for 'almost a year' no civilian had died in US drone strikes in Pakistan.

US Kills 4 People In Pakistan

The house was razed to ground following the attack and some more people are feared to be buried under the debris. Sunday s strike was launched in the country s tribal area after a brief lull of 22 days. Earlier on March 22, a U.S. drone attacked a house in the same area, killing four people and injuring two others.

Pakistan condemns US drone strike

''The Government of Pakistan calls upon the US Government to stop such attacks, based on mutual respect and established international norms.''

5 killed by U.S. attack in Pakistan

Five people were killed and two others wounded when a U.S. drone fired two missiles into a building in the North Waziristan tribal region, a Pakistani official told Efe Monday.

US Kills Another 5 People In Pakistan

The attack in the Baber Ghar area of the South Waziristan tribal district on the Afghan border, a stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants.

PTI to rid country of US influence: Imran

The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Sunday that his party, after coming to power, would rid the nation of US influence by quitting the US-led ''war on terror.''

Imran Khan Vows to Shoot Down US Drones If Elected

Speaking at a rally in Swabi in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Khan, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman said that if U.S. drones entered Pakistani airspace, he would order the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) to shoot them down.

On Pakistan elections

The US deeply cares about Pakistan s relationship with Iran. The US very much wants Pakistan to cut relations with Iran which they [Pakistan] are not doing. They are following a somewhat independent course in this regard, as are India

From Information Clearing House


US secret: CIA collaborated with Pakistan spy agency in drone war

Raleigh News & Observer


Even as its civilian leaders publicly decried U.S. drone attacks as breaches of sovereignty and international law, Pakistan s premier intelligence agency secretly worked for years with the CIA on strikes that killed Pakistani insurgent leaders and scores of suspected lower-level fighters, according to classified U.S. intelligence reports. Dozens of civilians also reportedly died in the strikes in the semi-autonomous tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan...

Pakistan: Suspected US drone strike kills five



A suspected U.S. drone missile strike killed five people in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border Sunday evening, according to Pakistani security officials. Officials and local villagers said the suspected drone fired two missiles and struck a suspected militants? hideout in the Datta Khel town of the North Waziristan tribal region after a double-cabin pickup truck entered the premises...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Samstag, 23. Februar 2013

Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan

By Tony Cartalucci

While the United States is close allies with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it is well established that the chief financier of extremist militant groups for the past 3 decades, including Al Qaeda, are in fact Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Mittwoch, 23. Januar 2013

Drone attacks violation of international law, counter productive, says Hina

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Tuesday said drone attacks on Pakistani territory are violation of international laws and virtually proving counter productive. Speaking in Senate, she said the drone
attacks are against the independence and national security of the country.

US Drone Attacks Kill Eight In North Waziristan: Officials

''US drones fired missiles on two militant compounds. At least eight militants have been killed.''

US kills nine people in Pakistan: officials

''Six drones were hovering in the sky at the time of the attack. One drone fired two missiles at a house,'' a security official in Miranshah told AFP.

Pakistan official admits 20% drone victims are innocent civilians

Pakistan s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Friday admitted that 600 people killed in the country in drone attacks were civillians.

Pakistan urges US to end drone strikes

Pakistan is holding talks with the United States to end drone strikes against suspected Taliban fighters, which sometimes also kill civilians, a senior Pakistani official has said.

CIA used ISI facilities in Karachi, says US report

Pakistan extended full cooperation to the CIA in tracing suspected terrorists and provided secret detention and interrogation facilities to the US intelligence agency, says a report.

Are Pakistanis People?


Do only American deaths matter? The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence thinks so. During last Thursday s confirmation hearing for John O. Brennan as CIA Director. Not one Committee member asked about the hundreds of innocent Pakistanis, Afghans, Yemenis, Libyans, and Somalis, many of them children, who have lost their lives as ''collateral damage'' in U.S. drone strikes.

Angry Pakistanis fight to end U.S. drone strikes

Pakistan's high court ruled that drone strikes are illegal and issued a clear order to Pakistan's government. "You have to give a stern warning to the United States, to shut down the drones, and if you don't, you are within your rights under international law to shoot the drones down."

From Information Clearing House

Sonntag, 9. Dezember 2012

'Precise Strikes'? Another Drone Attack, Another Civilian Casualty


US kills 4 people in Pakistan

An alledged, ''senior al-Qaeda'' leader and three others were killed on Sunday in a US drone strike in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region. Some reports said the three others killed in the attack were members of Almansoor s family. Local residents said they had seen several drones hovering over the area after the attack.

4 Insurgents Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan

An official said eight missiles hit the house and the bodies were burnt beyond recognition. ''We have no information about the identity of those killed in the missile strike,'' the official said.

U.S. drone strike kill 13, including senior Taliban commander

Two U.S. drone strikes on northwest Pakistan killed a senior Taliban commander. One resident, Ajaz Khan, said 5,000 to 10,000 people attended the funeral of Nazir and six other people in Angoor Adda.

17 killed in three drone attacks

At least 17 people, all believed to be suspected militants, were killed and eight others sustained injuries in three separate US drone attacks in the mountainous Babar area of Ladha subdivision in South Waziristan Agency.

From Information Clearing House

Freitag, 19. Oktober 2012

Washington s Pakistan Meltdown


Selective Rage: The Malalas You Will Not Hear About

By Wendy McElroy

American lives matter; Pakistani children s lives do not ... unless, of course, their lives and deaths can contribute to the narrative of terrorism and war being spun out of the White House.

Children Under Attack in Pakistan and Afghanistan

By Dave Lindorff

In the US, most people don t even know that their own military just blew away three young Afghan children.

US kills at least five people in Pakistan

Two missiles hit the house and one struck a vehicle resulting in the death of four suspected militants. A woman was also killed in the strike, sources added. The official sources also said that three cows have also been killed as the house was completely destroyed.

US Kills 3 People In Pakistan

According to sources, the drone fired two missiles which targeted a vehicle in the Barmal area of the agency and foreigners were among those killed.

US Attack Kills 4 people in Pakistan

Four militants, including a senior al-Qaeda cadre, were killed and three others injured when a US drone targeted a compound in the South Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan today.

US Kills 3 People in Pakistan

A US drone has fired a pair of missiles at a house in Pakistan s northwest tribal region near the Afghan border, killing three suspected fighters, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

PM demands an end to US drone attacks in Pakistan

PM Ashraf expressed his concerns regarding the drone attacks and said that the attacks were harmful and ineffective. He demanded that the US end its drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

From Information Clearing House

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