The Associated Press & AntiWar.com – 2012-10-11 01:42:19
Officials: US Drone Kills 5 in Northwest Pakistan
Rasool Dawar / Associated Press
(October 10, 2012) — Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected US missile strike has killed five people in a northwestern militant haven near the Afghan border.
The officials say four missiles struck a house early Wednesday near Mir Ali town in North Waziristan. The area is home to several al-Qaida-linked and other militant groups. The three officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.
The US says one of the area’s groups — the Haqqani network, which focuses on attacks against U.S. troops and NATO allies — is among the biggest threats to peace in Afghanistan.
Washington relies on the drone strikes in the absence of a Pakistani military operation in the region. Pakistani residents view the drone program as an affront to their sovereignty.
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US Drone Strike Kills Five in North Waziristan as Lawsuit Looms
Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com
(October 10, 2012) — Fresh off of a major anti-drone march across northern Pakistan, the US has struck again. This time the drones attacked a house in Mir Ali, North Waziristan Agency, killing five people. Officials say they have no indication of the identities of any of the victims.
The strike seems ill-timed, bringing yet more attention to the march, and also coming as a lawsuit is getting underway in Peshawar, where the family of one of the civilians killed in a 2011 US strike is suing.
The lawsuit, brought by the family of Daud Khan, one of scores of civilians killed in an attack on a tribal jirga on March 17, 2011, seeks redress from the Pakistani government for failing to pursue any sort of action against those who killed him, as well as to press Pakistan to stop such attacks in the future.
The lawsuit focuses on Pakistanâ€™s Constitution, which obliges the government to protect the life and liberty of its citizens. It is the first major legal challenge to the attacks launched in Pakistan, while lawsuits seeking more details about the attacks have stalled in the US on claims of national secrecy.
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