Christmas Day Drone Strike Pounds Pakistan

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In what is being reported as the first ever Christmas Day U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, a suspected U.S. drone on Wednesday fired two missiles at a home in the village of Qutab Khel in North Waziristan, killing four people.

The missiles struck just shy of midnight, and the victims were identified as foreign militants by a Pakistani official. Yet the Pakistan Tribune reports their identities could not be determined because of their “charred” bodies.

Panic gripped the area following the attack as unmanned aircraft kept flying over the area till wee hours of Thursday morning,” The Pakistan Tribunereports.

U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have touched off nation-wide anger for their high civilian death rate, shroud of secrecy, and what many call violation of sovereignty and self-determination.

In recent weeks, mass protests led by politician and former cricket star Imran Khan, and his Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), have blockaded NATO supply routes from Afghanistan through Pakistan, forcing the U.S. to halt shipments from Afghanistan.

On Thursday, 150 people near the southwestern city of Quetta briefly blocked NATO supply trucks headed for Afghanistan, with peaceful rallies against drone strikes reportedly continuing throughout the day.

Tasneem Aslam, the spokeswoman for the ministry of foreign affairs declared in a weekly news conference on Thursday, “We will go to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva if the drone strikes continue.”

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Source: Common Dreams

  • Carol

    Aww.. what a sweet Christmas story from the folks who separate church from state.

    Said the night wind to the little lamb,
    do you see what I see
    Way up in the sky, little lamb,
    do you see what I see
    A drone, a drone, dancing in the night
    With a tail as big as a kite
    With a tail as big as a kite

    Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
    do you hear what I hear
    Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
    do you hear what I hear
    A drone, a drone, high above the trees
    With a voice as big as the sea
    With a voice as big as the sea

    Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
    do you know what I know
    In your palace warm, mighty king,
    do you know what I know
    A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
    Let us bring Him drones and death
    Let us bring Him drones and death
    Said the king to the people everywhere,
    listen to what I say
    Pray for war, people everywhere!
    listen to what I say
    The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
    Let us bring him identity that can not be determined because of “charred” bodies