Sources involved in the rescue operation following yesterday’s US attack on a South Waziristan funeral procession reported that at least 35 civilians were among the slain, and that no prominent militant commanders were killed in the strike.
The drone strike, which according to current counts killed at least 80 people, is by far the single deadliest US attack on Pakistani soil since the practice began last year. Pakistani officials expressed muted discontent over the strike.
The reported target of the attack was Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baitullah Mehsud. Mehsud, who is the target of a massive Pakistani military offensive, had reportedly left the funeral before the attack. TTP spokesmen claim that only five of those slain at the funeral were their members.
Mehsud has claimed credit for several high profile terrorist attacks inside Pakistan, and has threatened to launch attacks against the United States if the drone strikes do not halt. The US State Department put a $5 million bounty on Mehsud in March, though the powerful militant appears to have continued to operate with impunity since then.
7 thoughts on “Dozens of Civilians, No Militant Leaders, Killed in US Drone Strike on Pakistan Funeral”
Jesus, how many time have we 'mistaken' a funeral for something else. It seems to me only a person who was told to ere on the side against 'caution' could sit well with this. Fuck the US military, don't support the troops who overlook this shit. Support those who've support. http://123realchange.blogspot.com/
This slaughter was a result of a barbaric US military command structure. Those responsible are unconscionable and do not deserve their commands, do not deserve our support or respect. The first thing to do is to remove General McChrystal and his immediate subordinates and charge them with appropriate war crimes and murder. I am sickened by the funeral incident.
Yep, ol' Gunslinger Obama sure has a strong set of ethics. Faking all his concern about the lady shot in Tehran, yet complying with a policy of indiscriminate killing by drones.
What a hypocrite.
Jesus, how many time have we 'mistaken' a funeral for something else. It seems to me only a person who was told to ere on the side against caution could sit well with this. Fuck the ridiculous calousness of this shit. Erring on the side of in-caution since their foreign enough to impede empathy. Support those who are trying to change things, e.g. Sibel Edmonds. She needs our support <a href="http://123realchange.blogspot.com/” target=”_blank”>http://123realchange.blogspot.com/
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