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India-Pakistan
Dronezaps in South Wazoo send 18 TTP Jihadis to their rewards
2013-01-06
HT to Weasel Zippers US drones fired a volley of missiles at miltant hideouts in South Waziristan on Sunday, killing at least eight Taliban fighters near the Afghan border, security officials said.
only eight?
Now up to 18...
The missile attack took place in Babar Ghar village in South Waziristan, a tribal district bordering Afghanistan which is a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants.

"US drones fired several missiles at two militant compounds. At least eight militants have been killed and several others were wounded," a security official in Miranshah told AFP.
ahhhh. Pray for sepsis
"There are members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) among those who have been killed. We are trying to ascertain the identities of the others but the bodies have been burnt very badly," the official said and added that death toll may rise.
"it smells like a weenie roast"
Another security official in the northwestern city of Peshawar confirmed the drone attacks and casualties.

NBC News adds:
The militants targeted were led by Hakimullah Mehsud and had set up sanctuaries in the mountainous district, about 85 miles northeast of Wana, the capital of the South Waziristan tribal region. Mehsud's fighters often target the Pakistani army.

Pakistani security forces conducted a massive military operation against the militants in South Waziristan in October 2009 but spared the area targeted in the overnight attack.
The death toll could rise as dozens of militants were present in the compound during the drone strikes, NBC sources said.

Tribesmen in the adjoining Razmak area of the North Waziristan region told NBC News that they had heard heavy blasts overnight but could not confirm if the explosions were drone strikes.

Pakistani security forces conducted a massive military operation against the militants in South Waziristan in October 2009 but spared the area targeted in the overnight attack.
Posted by:Frank G

#4  As per DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS, Pak Perts + locals that the US Drone strikes were made agz both "good" + "bad" Taliban - in the case of Taliban leader MAULVI NAZIR, an alleged popular "good" Taliban whose death-by-US-Drone may now had put the entire Pak Govt-Taliban peace deal at risk, to includ also both Pak Army + National Integrity/Union - IOW, AT HIGH RISK OF DESTABILIZATION, DISINTEGRATION, + ULTIMATELY PAK CIVIL WAR????

Looks like the Bammer WH = USA may not be the only Govt. getting petitions for formal secession from angry Citizens [US State-Local Govts = Pak Provincial Govts in 2014]???

[JANET JACKSON'S "1814" RHYTHYM NATION here].
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-01-06 22:56  

#3  Update
Missiles hit a training camp affiliated to top Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud, they say.

According to Pakistani intelligence officials quoted by AP, two important commanders of the Pakistani Taliban may be among the dead.
Posted by: tipper   2013-01-06 19:39  

#2  ok - 18 is good
Posted by: Frank G   2013-01-06 14:51  

#1  "A report commissioned by legal lobby group Reprieve in September estimated that between 474 and 881 civilians were among 2,562 to 3,325 people killed by drones in Pakistan between June 2004 and September 2012."

Estimated? What estimation technique did they use, SWAG?
Posted by: Mike Ramsey   2013-01-06 14:16  

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