Forget Due Process: 15 Dead in Pakistan from U.S. Drone Attack

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
01/08/2013
       
Forget Due Process: 15 Dead in Pakistan from U.S. Drone Attack

Another day in Pakistan brings another day of skies torn by screaming Hellfire missiles launched from U.S. drones.  Early Sunday morning, a barrage of missiles obliterated villages in the tribal region of South Waziristan. Reports indicate that 10 “militants” were killed and five others were injured in the attack.

Another day in Pakistan brings another day of skies torn by screaming Hellfire missiles launched from U.S. drones.

Early Sunday morning, a barrage of missiles obliterated villages in the tribal region of South Waziristan. Reports indicate that 10 “militants” were killed and five others were injured in the attack.

The Express Tribune quotes a regional government official saying that 10 missiles were fired at three separate “militant compounds” in the Babar mountains in the Shak Toi area of South Waziristan.

According to the story in the Express Tribune, the victims were allegedly members of the Punjabi Taliban, an organization affiliated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and al-Qaeda.

In a statement to the Tribune, an unnamed security official reported that among the dead was 26-year-old Wali Muhammad, “senior aide to TTP commander Qari Hussain.”

And, as has become standard operating procedure for the aftermath of a U.S. drone attack, the corpses have been neither accurately numbered nor named.

“We are trying to ascertain the identities of the others but the bodies have been burnt very badly,” the unidentified official said in the Express Tribune report. He added that “the death toll may rise, given that there were more militants present in the compounds.”

Sunday’s strike was the third such attack of the new year. On January 3, seven “militants” were killed in the Wana subdivision of the Sara Kanda area.

Earlier that day, five other purported threats to U.S. national security were assassinated by agents of the federal government in a drone strike in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.

There are so many problems — moral and legal — with this administration’s obsession with murder by remote control that it is hard to know where to begin.

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