Monday, January 10, 2011

US drone attack kills five more Pakistanis

by Tom Mellen, Morning Star Online, Jan 7, 2011

CIA drone controllers launched a missile barrage that killed at least five people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region today, undermining support for the fragile pro-US government of Pakistani President Asif Zardari.

A local Pakistani spook said: “US drones fired four missiles, targeting a vehicle and a house.

“So far five bodies have been recovered – Taliban have surrounded the area and there are fears the final toll may go up.”

According to conservative estimates, the US assassination campaign has killed at least 2,100 people since the Bush administration started it in 2004.

Last year the US launched over 120 drone strikes in north-western Pakistan, killing at least 995 people, compared to 53 attacks in 2009 which killed around 500 people.

These figures are almost certainly far too low as they are based on the claims of intelligence officials and are impossible to independently confirm.

Political opposition to the undeclared US war on the country’s tribal areas has risen along with the mounting human cost.

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