Last Updated 5/16/09 7:00 PM EST
A US drone fired two missiles at a religious school (madrassa) in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency today, killing at least 40 and wounding an as yet undetermined number of others. Villagers are reportedly still recovering people from the debris of the destroyed school, and several of the wounded are in critical condition, so the final death toll may yet rise.
Foreign militants were reportedly among the dead, but officials said it was unclear exactly who was killed in the strike. It is the first US attack since reports emerged last week of a formal drone partnership which gave the Pakistani military “significant control” over the targets of military drone strikes. Both milities have since denied the arrangement, and it remains unclear if today’s drone strike was conducted by the US military or the CIA.
The US attacks on North and South Waziristan have been increasing in intensity and severity since President Obama took office, over the public complaints and private support of the Pakistani government. Pakistan is reportedly planning a massive military offensive against the Waziristan tribes in the next few weeks, which will reportedly involve “huge numbers of troops.” The Wazir tribesmen have been fleeing to cities in the neighboring North-West Frontier Province in recent days on news of the impending invasion.
7 thoughts on “US Drone Strike in North Waziristan Kills 40”
With a few notable exceptions, the silence over this evil policy is palpable. There's barely any coverage in the mainstream news sites about this attack or of the humanitarian disaster we're helping to create in Afghanistan. I don't know whether it stems from apathy or, more likely, a concerted effort to ignore the massive death and destruction in that wretched country.
These cowardly pilotless drone attacks are not part of any just war (if there is such a thing). Rather, these are criminal acts carried out by Obama and his minions. This is mass murder, and it's about time someone say so.
The evil of two lessors strikes again. Don't, ever, ever, ever let anyone tell you the DIMS are the "lesser of two evils," ever again and I say that as a lefty not a Libertarian.
and when we have the next major terrorist attack all these idiots will sit around wondering why they hate us, maybe it because we have not officially declared war on asia
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