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Pakistan: U.S. Drone Attack Kills 12, Women and Children Included

Pakistan: U.S. Drone Attack Kills 12, Women and Children Included

Pakistan Observer
August 22, 2009

More than a dozen innocent civilians mostly children and females were killed and many injured when the notorious American drones hit a house with hell fire missiles in North Waziristan Agency Friday wee hours.

The CIA operated pilotless US planes, fired at least two deadly projectiles on the house of one Mirza Khan in Danday Darpakhel village two kilometer North of Miran Shah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency on Friday at 3.50 a.m. The eyewitnesses said the house was razed to the ground. At least 12 inmates including five children and two females were perished while many others received critical injuries. The death toll was feared to go higher. According to details, the drone hit at a house of an Afghan refugee in Danday Darba Khel village killing at least 12 people of which 5 are kids and two females. “However, we have no reports if there was any foreigner among the remaining five dead,” the sources in the political administration told this scribe adding the targeted house was close to a madrassa run by the Taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani.

The local people rushed to the house and recovered the bodies from the rubble. The injured were rushed to hospital for treatment. Three other houses were also demolished in the deadly attack. The identity of the victims could not be ascertained.

It was reported that the infuriated Taliban following the incident, attacked a military check post in Danday Darba Khel area which resulted in a shoot out between the militants and the security forces for almost two hours and the administration confirmed injuries to at least two soldiers in the clash.

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CIA Funded Warlords Turn Guns On U.S. Troops

CIA Funded Warlords Turn Guns On U.S. Troops

U.S. News
July 11, 2008

The war in Afghanistan reached a wrenching milestone this summer: For the second month in a row, U.S. and coalition troop deaths in the country surpassed casualties in Iraq. This is driven in large part, U.S. officials point out, by simple cause and effect. Marines flowed into southern Afghanistan earlier this year to rout firmly entrenched Taliban fighters, prompting a spike in combat in territory where NATO forces previously didn’t have the manpower to send troops. “We’re doing something we haven’t done in seven years, which is go after the Taliban where they’re living,” says a U.S. official.

But amid a well-coordinated assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and large-scale bombings last week in the capitals of both Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. forces are keenly aware that they are facing an increasingly complex enemy here—what U.S. military officials now call a syndicate—composed not only of Taliban fighters but also powerful warlords who were once on the payroll of the Central Intelligence Agency. “You could almost describe the insurgency as having two branches,” says a senior U.S. military official here. “It’s the Taliban in the south and a ’rainbow coalition’ in the east.”

Indeed, along with a smattering of Afghan tribal groups, Pakistani extremists, and drug kingpins, two of the most dangerous players are violent Afghan Islamists named Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Jalaluddin Haqqani, according to U.S. officials. In recent weeks, Hekmatyar has called upon Pakistani militants to attack U.S. targets, while the Haqqani network is blamed for three large vehicle bombings, along with the attempted assassination of Karzai in April.

Ironically, these two warlords—currently at the top of America’s list of most wanted men in Afghanistan—were once among America’s most valued allies. In the 1980s, the CIA funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons and ammunition to help them battle the Soviet Army during its occupation of Afghanistan. Hekmatyar, then widely considered by Washington to be a reliable anti-Soviet rebel, was even flown to the United States by the CIA in 1985.

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