Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2010

4th U.S. missile strike in 24 hours

September 9, 2010

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— A suspected American missile strike killed five alleged militants in northwestern Pakistan early today, an intelligence official said, the fourth attack in 24 hours as the U.S. steps up the tactic to keep al-Qaida and its allies under pressure.

The barrage against houses and a vehicle in the mountains close to the Afghan border was one of the most intense since the attacks were stepped up more than two years ago. Most are believed to be fired from unmanned, remote-controlled planes that can hover for hours above the area.

U.S. officials do not publicly acknowledge the strikes but have said privately that they have killed several senior Taliban and al-Qaida militants and scores of foot soldiers in a region largely out of the control of the Pakistani state.

Comments

uncleandyt 4 years, 12 months ago

I don't feel safer. "Suspected missiles against alleged militants" sounds vaguely general. The price of chocolate is dropping. With each destroyed house comes angry survivors, angry neighbors, angry relatives. Angry strangers aren't much fun. He who strikes the first blow, blows.

notajayhawk 4 years, 12 months ago

"A suspected American missile strike killed five alleged militants in northwestern Pakistan early today, an intelligence official said"

Gee, that's some, firm intelligence estimate. It would be nice to think that an "intelligence official" would know whether there was anyone else in the neighborhood lobbing missiles around.

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