Fars News Agency
Monday, January 23, 2012
More people were killed in the US drone attacks in Pakistan after security officials confirmed that at least five people were killed in two strikes carried out by a US drone in the Pakistani North Waziristan tribal region.
Security officials said on Monday that the American drone targeted a vehicle and a house with two missiles, killing five people at Degan village near Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan on the Afghan border.
The death toll is expected to rise, and the rescue operation is underway in the area.
The US has resumed its drone operations after it halted the CIA-operated strikes in November 26, 2011, when 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in NATO attacks on two Pakistani military border checkpoints in Mohmand agency.
The use of unmanned armed aircraft over Pakistan has been a sore point with the public and Pakistani politicians, who describe them as violations of sovereignty that produce unacceptable civilian casualties.
Sixty-four US missile strikes were reported in Pakistan’s tribal belt last year, down from 101 reported in 2010.
The US refuses to discuss drone strikes publicly, but the program has dramatically increased during the Obama administration.
But the missile strikes fuel widespread anti-American resentment, especially high since the deadly US air strikes on November 26.
Islamabad is now reviewing its entire alliance with the US and has kept its Afghan border closed to NATO supply convoys for two months.
This article was posted: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 4:58 am