Last night, US drones attacked the Pakistani town of Hangu, destroying a religious school and killing eight people, including three teachers and five students.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry condemned the attack, which came just hours after the US promised no drone strokes for the duration of Pakistan’s peace talks with the Taliban.
They reneged on that promise, and now the Obama Administration is trying to redefine the reality on the ground, insisting that he religious school they destroyed wasn’t technically a religious school, but rather was a “terrorist compound” and that as far as they know, none of the slain were civilians.
Pakistani militant leader Sirajuddin Haqqani was rumored to have visited the school two days prior to the attack, but was long gone by the time the US destroyed it. The visit appears a rather flimsy pretext for declaring an entire school to be a “terrorist compound,” but that seems to be the Obama Administration’s go-to argument amid the looming Pakistani backlash.