Pakistan: US missile attack kills 4 in northwest

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  1. Son of Govinda

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    The Associated Press: Pakistan: US missile attack kills 4 in northwest

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An American drone fired two missiles at a bakery in northwest Pakistan Saturday and killed four suspected militants, officials said, as the U.S. pushed on with its drone campaign despite Pakistani demands to stop. This was the third such strike in the country in less than a week.

    Drone attacks in Pakistani tribal areas where Afghan and other militants have found refuge are considered a key tactic by U.S. officials in the war against al-Qaida and its Taliban supporters. But many Pakistanis resent the strikes, which they consider an affront to their sovereignty.

    Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the latest attack took place in Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region.
    The officials said the victims were buying goods from a bakery when the missiles hit. Residents were still removing the debris, officials said. All of the dead were foreigners, but the officials did not have any information on their identities or nationalities.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The U.S. rarely talks publicly about the covert CIA-run drone program in Pakistan.

    Drone strikes have become an increasingly contentious issue between Washington and Pakistan. Pakistan's parliament has demanded the U.S. end all attacks on its territory.

    Some figures within the Pakistani government and military are widely believed to have supported the attacks in the past. Washington-Islamabad security cooperation has declined as relations between the two countries have deteriorated, but many analysts believe there is still some support for the attacks on militants within Pakistan's senior ranks.

    U.S. officials have said in private that the strikes are a vital anti-terror tool and have killed many senior al-Qaida and Taliban commanders.

    On Thursday, a suspected U.S. drone killed 10 alleged militants in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border.

    The attack took place in a militant hideout in the North Waziristan tribal area. Most of those killed were believed to be Uzbek insurgents.
    On Wednesday four suspected militants were killed in the village of Datta Khel Kalai in North Waziristan.

    The ongoing strikes have complicated negotiations between Islamabad and Washington about reopening supply routes for NATO troops in Afghanistan.

    Pakistan closed the routes six months ago in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border. The Americans say the attacks were an accident.

    Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
     
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  3. Son of Govinda

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    Carpet bombing' of Pakistan must stop: Bilawal

    'Carpet bombing' of Pakistan must stop: Bilawal - Hindustan Times

    Arguing strongly against what he called the "carpet bombing" of Pakistan, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said US drone attacks were turning out to be counter-productive due to the civilian toll they take. The leader-in-waiting of Pakistan's ruling party called for an end to the US drone attacks, which he said were a violation of his country's sovereignty and international law.

    "The continuous carpet bombing of Pakistan by drones is not only counterproductive on the war on terror, it's also an egregious violation of our sovereignty and must end," Bilawal Bhutto told the MSNBC news in an interview.

    "It's a violation of the US War Powers Act as well as international law. America was supposed to be that city on a hill, setting an example to the world. I do hope it returns to that status soon," said the son of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, and slain former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto.

    Bilawal refuted the American argument that drone attacks were an important tool in the war against terrorism.

    "No, I actually completely disagree. The drone attacks have not caught any big boys. They've been counterproductive with the amount of civilian casualties that they've had," he argued.

    "You can ask your own (US) military, they admit, barring Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, when provided actionable intelligence, has caught, captured or killed more al Qaeda operatives than any other nation on earth," he told the MSNBC.

    Bilawal said both Pakistan and the United States, were working to resolve their differences.

    "And I'm hopeful that they will resolve their differences because we have a common goal and we can only achieve it together," he said.
     
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    Zardari Jr. stepping into the political field, nothing significant.

    That is because most of the Al Queda operatives are only found in Pakistan, not any other 'nation on earth'.
     
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    Million $$$$$ missile kill only four.:confused::confused::frusty::frusty::frusty: what about profitability ??????? no wonder war on terror is proving expensive
     
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