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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Obama the Drone King.

These attacks are virtually war crimes and at the very least targetted assasinations which past administrations have disavowed. Obama has made them key to his Af-Pak war surge. The attacks are inflaming anti-US sentiment and often kill innocent civilians. The results of the attacks in official pronouncements are almost always different than locals report. There is an almost complete lack of discussion of the legality or morality of these attacks. The only critique seems to be that they are counterproductive not that they are surely criminal acts. Of course it may be convenient to introduce the war frame to exculpate those involved from wrongdoing. How much nicer this is than carpet bombing or dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima so why complain.


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At Least Seven Killed as US Drones Launch Two Attacks in North Waziristan

Posted By Jason Ditz

Following last night’s drone attack on a North Waziristan tribesman’s home, which killed at least four people, US drones launched a second attack on a car, also on the outskirts of Miramshah, killing at least three more.

Officials say the identities of the seven people killed were unclear, but they said the three killed in the car were apparent militants, as other militants came to recover the bodies. The four in the house were called “suspects” by intelligence officials, but security officials said they had no evidence that they were involved in any wrongdoing.

The attacks raised the overall toll of drone attacks this week to 21, as a Monday drone attack against a compound belonging to the Haqqani family killed another 14 people and seriously wounded several others.

The US has been targeting the Haqqani network for a long time, and the group has been identified as the likely culprits behind this week’s attack on a CIA compound in Khost Province, Afghanistan, which borders North Waziristan.


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