US wants to launch drone attacks on Pakistan city of Quetta

Time and time again critics have pointed out that drone attacks simply turn citizens against the US and also are a powerful recruiting tool for militants since much of Pakistan is tribal and there is a duty of revenge when a member of your group is killed. But this criticism seems to have no effect on policy makers. Expansion of drone use is great for the companies that make drones, is costless in terms of US casualties and any number of often unverified claims about how many militants and leaders are killed can be made. Yet studies show that actually many civilians are killed for ever militant. The US apparently could care less. This is from

US Wants to Expand Drone Strikes Into Major Pakistani City
Officials: 'Real Discussion' of Attacking Quetta
by Jason Ditz,

Top US officials say there is a “real discussion” going on right now about launching drone attacks against the Balochistan capital city of Quetta. The comments are the latest in a series of threats against the city, one of Pakistan’s largest.

Though the Pakistani government has looked the other way and even provided behind the scenes support for the various US drone attacks against Pakistan’s tribal areas, officials say a strike on Quetta would be a deal-breaker.

“We are not a banana republic,” one official declared, adding that a US attack on Quetta “might be the end of the road.” Pakistan’s military has likewise repeatedly warned against attacks on the city.

The US threats are ostensibly designed to counter the Quetta Shura, a group of Afghan exiles supposedly running much of the insurgency from the city. Pakistan has repeatedly denied that the Shura even exists, though on Friday Defense Minister Ahmad Mukhtar insisted that security forces had degraded them to the point they no longer pose a real threat.


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