Obama Turns a Deaf Ear as Afghanistan, Pakistan and the UN Deplore the Use of US Killer Drones
September 27, 2013
Two separate US assassination drone strikes have killed nearly a dozen people in different parts of Afghanistan in less than 24 hours. Meanwhile, seven people died and two others were wounded in a US assassination drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Province. The attack was carried out, when a US drone fired four missiles at two houses in Shawal area.
US Assassination Drone Strikes Kill 11 Afghans in 24 Hours
(September 21, 2013) -- According to local officials, a US drone strike killed at least four people in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Kunar on Friday evening. The US military confirmed the strike, claiming that all those killed were militants.
In a separate incident on Friday, another US-led terror drone strike claimed the lives of at least seven people and injured some others in the country’s central-eastern province of Maidan Wardak. The US claims its airstrikes target militants, but local sources say civilians have been the main victims.
The attacks, a bone of contention between Washington and Kabul, have fueled public anti-US sentiment in Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly questioned the legality of the drone strikes and on numerous occasions has called on Washington to stop the attacks.
The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led foreign troops. Over the past year, US drone strikes have escalated significantly in Afghanistan.
The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.
7 Killed in Fresh US Drone Attack in Afghanistan
(September 20, 2013) -- US assassination drones continue to claim more lives in Afghanistan and terrorize Afghan civilians struggling to recover from years of war, with the latest leaving at least 7 people dead as Washington steps up its drone war in Muslim countries.
7 Die in US Killer Drone Strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan
(September 22, 2013) -- Seven people have died and two others have been wounded in a US assassination drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Province. The attack was carried out on Sunday, when a US drone fired four missiles at two houses in Shawal area, about 55 kilometers (35 miles) west of Miranshah Town.
Reports say the latest drone strike is the 19th of its kind in Pakistan in 2013. More than 110 people have lost their lives in such strikes in the country so far this year. The Islamabad government has repeatedly protested against the US drone strikes, saying they violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently blasted the aerial assaults in his country, describing them as a violation of the international law and the United Nations Charter. Washington claims its drone strikes target militants, although casualty figures show that Pakistani civilians often fall victim to the attacks.
The United States often uses its assassination drones to hit targets in Pakistan and some other countries including Yemen and Afghanistan. US President Barack Obama has defended the use of the controversial drones as “self-defense.”
The airstrikes, initiated under former US President George W. Bush, have been escalated under the Obama administration. The United Nations says the US-operated drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law.
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