Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Drone Strikes Kill 20 in Pakistan

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports more than 20 people killed after midnight drone strikes in Pakistan. The US has already carried out six strikes this month. Five of the six strikes have taken place in South Waziristan.

The continued attacks highlight a split in the Obama administration over the Central Intelligence Agency's targeted-killing program.

And this from Voice of America.

"Wednesday's strikes came two days after U.S. missiles killed 18 militants in nearby South Waziristan. The United States has said the semi-autonomous region of northwest Pakistan is the headquarters of al-Qaida and Taliban militants leading the fight against the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan.

The United States does not officially confirm the Predator drone strikes, which are hugely unpopular among Pakistanis. But the CIA and the U.S. military are the only forces deploying the unmanned aircraft in the region. U.S. officials say the missile strikes have severely weakened al-Qaida's leadership.

The Pakistani parliament approved a resolution demanding the end of the missile strikes, but the U.S. has ignored it."

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