The resumption of US drone strikes against Pakistan’s tribal areas last month came amid rumors of ongoing negotiations with the Pakistani government, and a putative deal to keep the strikes to a minimum.
This appears not to have been the case, however, as new reports indicate that the US simply “informed” Pakistan that the drones would restart, and did so despite objections from the Pakistani government.
The US halted attacks after November 26, when US warplanes attacked two Pakistani military bases along the Afghan border, killing a number of soldiers. Pakistan warned afterwards that it would no longer allow the US unfettered access to their airspace, and even threatened to shoot down violators.
The claims of advanced notice agreements are not true either, as US officials say they won’t give Pakistan any warning ahead of attacks, saying they think Pakistan would warn the militants. They did say they would use ISI data for some of the attacks, however.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- ISIS Car Bombing Kills at Least 20 in Eastern Syria - November 17th, 2017
- Six Children Among 19 Civilians Killed in Shelling Near Damascus - November 17th, 2017
- Report: Lebanese PM Leaves Saudi Arabia for France - November 17th, 2017
- Erdogan: Syria's Afrin District Must Be Cleansed of Kurdish Forces - November 17th, 2017
- Pentagon: ISIS 'Defeated' But US Will Stay in Syria - November 17th, 2017