Lose weight. Get organized. Write that novel. Typical New Year’s resolutions. All very commendable.
President Obama is thin, has people to keep him organized, and he’s written a couple of books already, so he decided to blow it out (literally) in setting his own goals for 2013.
A headline in Wired magazine reports: “Obama’s New Year’s Resolution: More Drone Strikes.”
Just a week into the new year and the president is well on his way to keeping his resolution.
In Pakistan’s South Waziristan province, at least 4 MQ-1 Predators or MQ-9 Reapers operated by the CIA killed a Pakistani Taliban commander, Maulvi Nazir, according to media reports that cite unnamed Pakistani intelligence officials. Nazir had struck a detente with the Pakistani government but, according to drone watcher Bill Roggio at the Long War Journal, maintained ties to al-Qaida and attacked U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The drones fired on Nazir’s vehicle, killing him and at least five others.
A separate drone strike on a different vehicle in North Waziristan shortly thereafter brought the death toll to 15, CNN reports. The New York Times reports that the identities of those killed in the second attack “were not immediately known.” Thousands of miles away and several hours later, a drone strike in Yemen killed Moqbel Ebad Al Zawbah, a “leading al-Qaida figure,” and two of his allies, al-Jazeera English tweeted.
At The New American, we reported just days ago on the increase of deadly drone strikes in Yemen.
On January 3, a drone reportedly operated remotely by agents of the CIA fired missiles at a vehicle traveling in the town of Rada’a in the Yemen province of Baydah.
Yemeni officials quoted by AFP reported that Mukbel Abbad and two underlings were killed in the strike.
Those same officials identified Abbad as a “senior al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP) leader.
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