September 30, 2008

U.S. drone strike kills five in Pakistan

Via Reuters

Happened just a scant few hours ago.... three maybe .....this is almost like real time reporting....odd....usually we find out about these strikes the next day.

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) - A U.S. pilotless drone fired two missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan killing five people, Pakistani intelligence agency officials said on Wednesday.

Frustrated by an intensifying Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, U.S. forces have in the past month carried out seven missile strikes by pilotless drones and a commando raid on the Pakistani side of the border.

In the latest attack, a drone fired two missiles at a house near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, at about midnight on Tuesday (7 p.m. British time, two intelligence agency officials said.

The area is a known sanctuary for Pakistani Taliban and foreign militants near the Afghan border.

"We have reports of five dead including foreign militants," said one of the officers, who declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Update:Via the Herald Sun

The attack happened shortly after Pashtun tribesmen shot at three drones circling the village of Khusali Toorikhel in North Waziristan, a known haunt of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants.
That is a whole lot of firepower over one village.

By Matt Damon at 04:35 PM | Comments |