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that often accompanies biased orunverifiable information. Such statements should be clarified or removed. (September 2011) Drone attacks in Pakistan Part of the War on Terrorism, War in North-West Pakistan, War in Afghanistan (2001–present) Date Location Status Belligerents U.S. Air Force CIA Taliban Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan TNSM al-Qaeda Lashkar-e-Islam Foreign Mujahideen Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan 18 June 2004 – present FATA, Pakistan Ongoing

Strength ~30 UAVs[1] Casualties and losses 9 (CIA & other intel agents) Total killed: Estimated as between 1,661 and 2,601 (As of 11 unknown

September 2011)[2] [show]v · d · e War in North-West Pakistan [show]v · d · e War in Afghanistan (2001–present) The United States government, led by the Central Intelligence Agency's Special Activities Division, has made a series of attacks on targets in northwest Pakistansince 2004 using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles).[3] These attacks are part of the US' War on Terrorism campaign, seeking to defeat Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan.[3] Most of these attacks are on targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border in Northwest Pakistan. These strikes are carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and have increased substantially under the Presidency of Barack Obama.[4][5] Generally the UAVs used are MQ-1 Predator and more recently MQ-9 Reaper firing AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. The drones have become a weapon of choice for the United States in the fight against al-Qaeda.[6] Some media refer to the series of attacks as a"drone war".[7][8] Pakistan's government publicly condemns these attacks but has secretly shared intelligence with Americans[9] and also allegedly allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi Airfield in Pakistan until 21 April 2011 when 150 Americans left the base.[10] Assessments of the results of the attacks differ.[11] Daniel Byman from theBrookings Institution suggests that drone strikes may kill "10 or so civilians" for every militant killed.[12] In contrast, the New America Foundation has estimated that 80 percent of those killed in the attacks were militants.[13] The Pakistani military has stated that most of those killed were hardcore Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.[14]The Bureau of Investigative Journalism based on extensive research found that at least 385 civilians were among the dead out of a total of between 1658 and 2597 killed.[15] The CIA believes that the strikes conducted since May 2010 have killed over 600 militants and not caused any civilian fatalities.[11] According to secret cables leaked by Wikileaks Pakistan's Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani not only tacitly agreed to the drone flights but in 2008 requested Americans to increase them.[16] However Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Maliksaid "Drone missiles cause collateral damage. A few militants are killed, but the majority of victims are innocent citizens,"[17] The strikes are often linked to AntiAmerican sentiment in Pakistan and the growing questionability of the scope and extent of CIA activities in Pakistan. The British legal group Reprieve is threatening litigation to oppose U.S. drone strikes.[18]

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   9 See also 10 References 11 External links [edit]Statistics See also: List of Taliban fatality reports in Pakistan US Drone Strike Statistics[2] Number Killed Min. 5 7 23 77 314 725 993 457 Number of Year Attacks 2004 1 2005 2 2006 2 2007 4 2008 33 2009 53 2010 118 2011 57 Total 270 [edit]Timeline [edit]2004–2007  1.[20]  .[19] 14 May 2005: 2 killed including Haitham al-Yemeni in a strike near the Afghan border in North Waziristan.661 2. South Waziristan. 4 6 23 56 274 369 607 322 Max.601 18 June 2004: 5 including Nek Muhammad Wazir killed in a strike near Wana.

[36]          . Zamazola.[27] 12 August 2008: Nine killed in four strikes in the area near Angore Adda in South Waziristan during a meeting of militants.[26][27] 27 February 2008: 12 people killed in a strike near Kalosha village in South Waziristan.[21] 13 January 2006: Damadola airstrike kills 18 civilians in Bajaur area but misses Ayman alZawahri.[citation needed] 16 January 2007: Up to 30 Taliban killed in a drone strike in Salamat Keley. killing one person.[35] 30 August 2008: Missile strike on Al-Qaeda training camp in South Waziristan kills two militants carrying Canadian passports.[30][31] 14 June 2008: US drones fired three missiles at a potential hideout of TTP leader Meshud.[citation needed] 30 October 2006 Chenagai airstrike allegedly aimed at Ayman al-Zawahri destroys a madrassa in Bajaur area and kills 70–80 civilians. the capital of North Waziristan along with 4 other militants. Up to 25 militants were killed in this strike. three Turkmen.[32] 28 July 2008: Midhat Mursi and 5 other Al-Qaeda operatives killed in South Waziristan. near Miranshah. Bajaur. Abu Hamza Rabia killed in an attack by CIA drones in Asoray.[22] 26 April 2007: 4 killed in the village of Saidgi in North Waziristan[23] 19 June 2007: 30 killed in the village of Mami Rogha in North Waziristan[24] 2 November 2007: 5 killed in an attack on a madrasah in North Waziristan[25]       [edit]2008  29 January 2008: Al-Qaeda's Abu Laith al-Libi killed in a strike in North Waziristan along with 11 other militants. 30 November 2005: Al-Qaeda's 3rd in command. killing 8 militants.[28] 18 March 2008: 16 killed in a strike in South Waziristan[29] 14 May 2008: 12 including Abu Sulayman Al-Jazairi killed near village of Damadola. South Waziristan. along with Islam Wazir.[34] 20 August 2008: US drones fire two missiles that hit a compound in South Waziristan.[33] 13 August 2008: US drone strike on a compound run by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar killed Taliban commander Abdul Rehman. and several Arab fighters.

[43] 9 October 2008: US drone strike killed at least 6 militants including 3 Arabs in Tappi village near Miranshah. destroying a house which was potentially hosting Arab foreign fighters.[37] 4 September 2008: US drones fired missiles at a house in Char Khel in North Waziristan killing 4 people. US officials denied losing any aircraft.[46][47] 22 October 2008: 4 killed in a village near Miranshah by missiles fired from suspected US drone. South Waziristan. North Waziristan.[39] 8 September 2008: 23 killed in Daande Darpkhel airstrike.[44] 11 October 2008: US drone strike at a militant compound in North Waziristan kills 5 people and wounds 2 others. North Waziristan. killing up to 14 militants in Kumsham.[42] 3 October 2008: Two drone attacks hours apart in Datta Khel region of North Waziristan kills 21 militants including 16 foreigners.[citation needed] 12 September 2008: The Miranshah airstrike kills 12 people including three women and two children. killing at least six.[45] 16 October 2008: Senior Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Habib killed in a strike near Taparghai. killing 6 people and injuring 8 including 1 woman and 1 child.[41] 30 September 2008: Six killed in a strike near Mir Ali.[52]                 .[40] 23 September 2008 A US drone is reportedly shot down by Pakistani troops or local militia over a tribal area of Pakistan. North Waziristan. along with five other Al Qaeda or Taliban members. near Miranshah. 31 August 2008: US drones destroy a house in Tappi village in Miranshah.[49] 31 October 2008: Two missiles fired by US drones kills 7 in Wana.[38] 5 September 2008: US drones fire three missiles.[27][51] 7 November 2008: US drones fire four missiles.[citation needed] 17 September 2008: US drone attack in Baghar Cheena region of South Waziristan kills 5 militants including Al Qaeda operative Abu Ubaydah al Tunisi. North Waziristan.[48] 26 October 2008: 20 killed in a strike in South Waziristan. South Waziristan.[50] 31 October 2008: 20 killed including Al-Qaeda operative Abu Akash and Mohammad Hasan Khalil al-Hakim (alias Abu Jihad al-Masri) after 4 missiles hit Waziristan.

[56] 15 December 2008: US drone strike in Tapi Tool region near Miram Shah.[61] 14 February 2009: More than 30 killed when two missiles are launched by drones near town of Makeen in South Waziristan.[58]     [edit]2009 [edit]January to June An MQ-9 Reaper landing in Afghanistan.[27] 22 November 2008: British Al-Qaeda operative Rashid Rauf and 4 others including Abu Zubair alMasri killed in a strike in North Waziristan.[53] 19 November 2008: Abdullah Azam al-Saudi and 4 other militants are killed in Bannu district.[57] 22 December 2008: At least 8 killed in South Waziristan by suspected US drone strike.   14 November 2008: 12 killed in a strike near Miranshah.  1 January 2009: 2 senior al-Qaeda leaders Usama al-Kini and Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan killed in a missile strike by U.S. South Waziristan.[60] 23 January 2009: In the first attacks since Barack Obama becameU. South Waziristan kills 4 people. drones. reportedly at a Taliban training camp for fighters preparing to combat coalition forces in Afghanistan.[64]      .[27][59] 2 January 2009: US drone strike in Ladha. at least 14 killed in Waziristan in 2 separate attacks by 5 missiles fired from drones.[36][63] 1 March 2009: Strike in Sararogha village in South Waziristan kills 7 people.[62] 16 February 2009: Strike in Kurram Valley kills 30.[27][54] 29 November 2008: US drone strike on Miranshah. kills 7 militants.[55] 11 December 2008: US drone strike in Azam Warzak. president. North Waziristan kills 3 people.S. North Waziristan kills 2.

[73] 19 April 2009: At least 3 killed and 5 injured in an attack in South Waziristan[74] 29 April 2009: US drone strike in Kanni Garam village in South Waziristan kills 6 people.[84][85][86]                 [edit]July to December    3 July 2009: US Drone kills 17 people and injures a further 27.[87] 7 July 2009: US drone strike in Zangarha in South Waziristan kills at least 12 people.[78] 14 June 2009: US drone strike on a vehicle in South Waziristan kills 5 people.[76] 12 May 2009: US drone strike in Sra Khawra village in South Waziristan kills 8 people. many of which were attending the funerals of people killed in the air strikes earlier in the day.[68] 26 March 2009: 4 killed in Essokhel area in North Waziristan.[79] 18 June 2009: Two US drone strikes in Shahalam village in South Waziristan kills at least 13 people.[69] 1 April 2009: 14 killed in Orakzai Agency tribal area.[65] 12 March 2009: 24 killed in attack in Berju in Kurram Agency.[89] .[66] 15 March 2009 4 killed in Jani Khel in Bannu district in North-West Frontier Province.[77] 16 May 2009: US drone strike in village of Sarkai Naki in North Waziristan kills 25 people.[82][83] 23 June 2009: Makeen airstrike kills at least 80 but misses Baitullah Mehsud in the town of Makeen. 7 March 2009: Taliban militants shot down one of the two UAVs over a village in South Waziristan.[70][71] 4 April 2009: 13 killed in North Waziristan.[88] 8 July 2009: US drone strike on a hideout in Karwan Manza area and on a vehicle convoy in South Waziristan kills at least 50 people.[72] 8 April 2009: 4 killed in attack on a vehicle in Gangi Khel in South Waziristan.[75] 9 May 2009: US drone strike in Sararogha in South Waziristan kills 6 people.[67] 25 March 2009: 7 killed in attacks on 2 vehicles by two missiles in Makin area of South Waziristan at 6:30 pm.[80][81] 23 June 2009: US drone strike in Neej Narai in South Waziristan kills at least 8 people.

North Waziristan.[90] 17 July 2009: US drone strike on a house in North Waziristan kills 4 people. in Damadolla. inside Bajaur tribal agency.[113] 15 October 2009: US drone missile killed at least four people in North Waziristan.[99] 21 August 2009: US drone strike on the village of Darpa Kheil. and his wife's parents. leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. South Waziristan.[100][101][102] 27 August 2009: US drone missile strike on the Tapar Ghai area in the Kanigram (Kanigoram) district in South Waziristan kills at 8 people.[110] 29 September 2009: Two missile attacks take place.[118][119] The 27 victims were reportedly a mix of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives engaged in a planning and strategy meeting.[109] 24 September 2009: US drone fired missile kills up to 12 people in the village of Dande Darpa Khel near Mir Ali. 10 July 2009: US drones take out a Taliban communication center killing between 5–8 militants in Painda Khel. North Waziristan in territory controlled byHafiz Gul Bahadur. The dead apparently included 11 "foreigners". in a compound in Sararogha village.5 miles (2.[114] 21 October 2009: Alleged US drone missile killed two or three alleged militants in Spalaga. North Waziristan. In the first. an explosives expert for Al Qaeda and a "Tier 1" target of US counterterrorism operations. South Waziristan.[105][106] 8 September 2009: US drone fired missiles kill 10 in North Waziristan.[108] 14 September 2009: US drone fired missile kills four people in a car 1. the Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader). a missile killed seven insurgents in a house in Dandey Darpakhel village.[117] 24 October 2009: Alleged US drone strike killed 27. In the second. North Waziristan.[92][93] The kill was confirmed after weeks of uncertainty over their fate.[115][116] One of those killed was reportedly Abu Ayyub al-Masri (not the same as Abu Ayyub al-Masri.[103][104] One of the dead was reportedly Tohir Yo‘ldosh (Tahir Yuldash). South Waziristan. kills 10. reportedly targeting Sirajuddin Haqqani kills at least 21 people. One of those              .[91] 5 August 2009: US drone strike in South Waziristan killed 12. including two Uzbek fighters and Taliban commander Irfan Mehsud. a drone attack reportedly killed six Taliban. including Baitullah Mehsud. his wife.[107] The attack may have killed al Qaeda leaders Ilyas Kashmiriand Mustafa al Jaziri as well as three Punjabi militants and two or three local Taliban fighters.4 km) from Mir Ali in North Waziristan.[94][95][96][97][98] 11 August 2009: US drone strike in Ladda village.[111][112] 30 September 2009: US drones fire missiles at a Taliban compound and vehicle killing 8 in Novak.

which Mohammed advocates. senior Taliban leader and strong Haqqani ally Haji Omar Khan. The meeting was apparently being held to decide on whether to reinforce South Wazaristan against Pakistani forces. is believed killed in this strike.reported killed was Faqir Mohammed's nephew.[120]   5 November 2009: 2 killed in Miranshah town in North Waziristan.[132] 31 December 2009: Four killed in an attack in Machikhel village in North Waziristan. According to The Frontier Post.[129] 18 December 2009: 3 killed in an attack in Dattakhel region in North Waziristan. and Zuhaib al Zahibi. The attack did kill Abdullah Said al Libi.Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law and a member of al Qaeda's executive council. the Lashkar al-Zil. In the first attack.[47] 17 December 2009: 17 killed in 2 separate attacks in North Waziristan in an area controlled by Hafiz Gul Bahadur. reportedly consisting of four Al Qaeda and two Taliban members.[122][123] 20 November 2009: 8 killed in the Machikhel area near the town of Mir Ali. brother of Arif Khan. or exploit recent successes in the Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan. which Al Qaeda wishes to do. a commander in.[130] 26 December 2009: 13 killed in an attack in Saidgai village in North Waziristan[131] 30 December 2009: A suicide bomber killed at least six CIA officers and seriously injured six others at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan. South Waziristan.[47][125] Senior Al qaeda planner Saleh al-Somali."[127][128] The attack was aimed at Sheikh Saeed al Saudi. but it appears to have taken place in December 2009. reportedly including 2 Al Qaeda members. was killed in the strike along with the son of local tribal leader Karim Khan. The Haqqani networkclaimed responsibility. but al Saudi survived. In the second attack. killing two. Ladha.[121] 18 November 2009: 4 killed and 5 injured in Shanakhora village of North Waziristan. Neither al Qaeda nor the US has revealed the date of the attack which killed Libi. from Somalia. the commander of. 10 missiles fired by five drones hit two compounds in Ambarshaga.[132][133]         In January 2010. 12 miles (19 km) south of Miranshah. two missiles hit a car near Dosali.[126] 9 December 2009: Six killed in Tanga.[134] [edit]2010 . which is used by the Central Intelligence Agency to coordinate drone attacks in Pakistan. Zahid and another was Mohammed's unnamed son-in-law.[124] 8 December 2009: 3 killed in a car near Miranshah in North Waziristan. killing 15 people. al Qaeda in Pakistan announced that Lashkar al-Zil leader Abdullah Said al Libi was killed in a drone missile strike. Unnamed sources stated that seven of the dead were "foreigners.

[136][138][139] 8 January 2010: Missile strike in Tappi village in North Waziristan killed 5 people.[141] Mahmoud Mahdi Zeidan.[144] The apparent target of the strike was.[142] Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim who was allegedly involved in hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986 was also reported killed in this strike.[136][137] 6 January 2010: 2 separate missile strikes one hour apart kill approximately 35 people in Sanzalai village.[135][136] 3 January 2010: 5 people including 3 Arabs killed in an attack on Mosakki village in North Waziristan.[146]        .[136][143] 13 January 2010: Missile strike in Pasalkot village in a compound formerly used as a religious school in North Waziristan killed 15 people among them 3 militant commanders. It is alleged that all the militants killed were local and were attached to Taliban Commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. who reportedly left the compound before the attack occurred. bodyguard for al Qaeda leader Sayeed al-Masri. was reported killed in either the 8 or 9 January airstrike.[136][146] 15 January 2010: Second missile strike of the day kills 6 in Bichi village in North Waziristan. North Waziristan. an al-Qaeda terrorist.[edit]January to March MQ-1L Predator UAV armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missile  1 January 2010: Missile strike on a vehicle near Ghundikala village in North Waziristan kills 3. probably including Abdul Basit Usman. Hakimullah Mehsud. territory of the Haqqani network.[136][140] 9 January 2010: 4 killed and three injured when 2 missiles are fired on a compound in village Ismail Khan in North Waziristan.[145] 15 January 2010: Missile strike in Zannini village near Mir Ali in North Waziristan kills up to 15 people.

[158][159][160] 24 February 2010: Missiles fired by a US drone killed at least 13 militants at a compound and at a vehicle in the Dargah Mandi area of North Waziristan. the brother of Afghan Taliban commanderSiraj who leads the Haqqani network.[136][149] 24 January 2010: A US drone crashes over North Waziristan. Among the dead include Bahadar Mansoor.Hakimullah Mehsud sustained injuries in this attack.[161] Mohammed and Siraj were reportedly attending the funeral of Sheikh Mansoor.[148] 19 January 2010: Two missiles fired at a compound and vehicle in Booya village of Datakhel subdivision. in North Waziristan kills 9 people.[162][163][164][165] He died on 14 June 2010 when he accidentally touched some explosives which set them off killing him in the ensuing explosion in a guesthouse he was staying in North Waziristan.[150] 29 January 2010: 15 killed when drones fire 3 missiles on a compound belonging to Haqqani network in Muhammad Khel town in North Waziristan. 35 km west of Miranshah. One of those killed was reportedlySheikh Mansoor. the head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the person responsible for the 2002 and 2006 bombing of the U.[154][155] 14 February 2010: 5 killed in a strike near Mir Ali in North Waziristan.[157] 17 February 2010: Three militants killed by a missile strike near Tapi.[147] The leader of the Pakistani Taliban. a commander in the Lashkar al Zil.[167] It is alleged that Hussein al-Yemeni (also called Sadam Hussein Al Hussami). It was initially believed he died but it was later learned that he survived. Mohammed Qari Zafar.[136][151][152][153] 2 February 2010: Up to 8 US drones fired missiles at 4 different villages of North Waziristan killing at least 29 people.S. is killed by a drone missile strike in North Waziristan.[159][160] The missiles hit a vehicle belonging to Siraj that Mohammed was riding in. North Waziristan.[158] 18 February 2010: 4 killed in a strike in Northwest Waziristan including Mohammed Haqqani. consulate in Karachi was thought to be killed in this Drone strike but it was later proved that he survived the attack.[166] 8 March 2010: Three missiles fired by US drone aircraft killed five militants and wounded three in Miranshah. an Al Qaeda terrorist who planned the Camp Chapman attack died in this strike. but Siraj was not in the vehicle at the time. head of Badar Mansoor group. Miramshah. who had been killed by a drone strike the day before.[156] 15 February 2010: Abdul Haq al-Turkistani. 17 January 2010: Missile strike in Shaktoi area of South Waziristan kills at least 20 people. and Rana Afzal. the man behind the FIA HQ bombing in Lahore.[168]           . leader of the Turkistani Islamic Party. allegedly after being shot down by local tribesmen.

[176] 27 March 2010: Drone strike in Mir Ali in North Waziristan kills 4 militants. about 25 km east of Miranshah. At least six militants were killed and three others were wounded.[182] 24 April 2010: US drones kill 7 militants in North Waziristan in the village of Marsi Khel near Miramshah. four missiles struck and demolished the compound.[171][172] The militants were reportedly al Qaeda fighters. destroying a compound owned by Zamir Khan.[169][170] 16 March 2010: Eight to ten militants were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan's Datakhel area. but included two officials from Syria and Egypt.[173] 17 March 2010: Two US Drone strikes killed 9 militants. a second volley of missiles struck.[178]       [edit]April to June   12 April 2010: 2 missiles fired by a US drone kill 5 in North Waziristan. All of the dead and injured were Arab militants. drones fired 3 missiles at a vehicle in Madakhel. killing 3 militants. Five drones reportedly attacked in two waves. North Waziristan. After local militants cordoned off the area and began recovering bodies.[184][185]    . A Pakistani security official stated that those killed were militant followers of local rebel commander Haleem Khan.[175] 23 March 2010: US drones fired two missiles on a militant vehicle parked outside a compound in the suburbs of Miranshah in North Waziristan. a local tribesman.[180][181] 16 April 2010: US drones fired at least 7 missiles which hit two vehicles and a house in the Toolkhel area near Miramshah in North Waziristan killing 6 people and injuring 5 others.[177] 30 March 2010: US drone fired three missiles. a local Taliban leader and chief of the North Waziristan Shura. The official added that Khan has ties to regional Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. the drones fired four missiles at a vehicle and a militant hide-out in Miranshah.[179] 14 April 2010: US drone strike targeting a vehicle killed up to 4 people and injuring 4 others in Anbarshaga area of North Waziristan. About 50 minutes later.[183] 26 April 2010: Three missiles from drones strike a compound in the Khushali Toorkhel area. may have been killed in the strike.[174] 21 March 2010: US drone fires two missiles in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan killing at least eight people and injuring several others. The attack killed at least 12 and as many as 21 militants. mainly Afghan. and used by militants in the city of Tapi in North Waziristan killing six militants. killing six militants. Hafiz Gul Bahadar. First. In the first attack. killing four or five. 10 March 2010: Missiles fired from drones struck a compound and three vehicles in the village of Mizar Madakhel in North Waziristan.

Hours later another pair of missiles hit a compound in the Gorwek area of North Waziristan killing another 10 suspected insurgents.[199][200] 26 June 2010:A US missile strike killed 7 militants in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border.[202] 29 June 2010: US drone fired two missiles hitting a house near in Wana.[196] 11 June 2010: US drones fired 6 missiles on a housing compound near Miran Shah at the Afghan-Pakistan border. the current 3rd in command of Al-Qaeda was killed in this strike along with his wife and 3 children.[208]  .[197] 19 June 2010: US drone fired a missile striking a house in Haider Khel village near North Waziristan's Mir Ali town killing 16 militants.[194] 28 May 2010: US drone strike killed 11 militants and wounded three others in the Nazai Narai area of South Waziristan.[205][206][207] 24 July 2010: US drones fired two missiles at a militant compound in Nazai Narai area of South Waziristan killing 16 militants.[195] 10 June 2010: US drone strike killed 3 people in North Waziristan. The first strike occurred when missiles struck cars. Maulvi Kalam. homes and tents in the Doga area of North Waziristan killing up to 14 militants.[201] 27 June 2010: A drone strike in North Waziristan killed 5 militants. one of whom was reportedly Filipino.[188][189] 15 May 2010: At least 15 killed in Khyber Agency in the first such strike in this area.[190][191] 21 May 2010: US drones fired two missiles on a compound used by Afghan warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur and killed 10 people in Mohammad Khel. One of the dead men was a foreigner. Five women and two children were reported injured. fired by an unmanned drone. Saeed al-Masri. killing 15 alleged militants. destroyed a house near Mir Ali in North Waziristan.[198]Al Qaeda leader Abu Ahmed Tarkash was among the dead. The missile. South Waziristan killing at least 8 militants including Hamza al-Jufi an Egyptian militant belonging to Al Qaeda.   3 May 2010: 4 militants are killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan[186] 9 May 2010: 10 militants are killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan[187] 11 May 2010: At least 24 militants are killed in two separate US drone strikes in which the US fired up to 18 missiles. including the brother of a reputed Taliban commander.[192][193] Other dead in this strike include two foreign militants. North Waziristan.[203][204]          [edit]July to September  15 July 2010: A drone strike in North Waziristan killed 14 suspected militants in a region under the control of Hafiz Gul Bahadar.

According to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials: In the first attack. 25 July 2010: US drones fired two missiles and hit a double-cabin pickup carrying militants in Shaktoi village in South Waziristan. killing 7 suspected militants. a member of the Haqqani network. In the third attack. another house near the Miranshah area was struck killing another 4 militants. All told 24 militants have been killed in these 4 strikes.[223] A few hours later US drones launched their fourth attack striking a compound outside Miranshah killing at least 6 militants and wounding 5 others.[222] In the second attack.[214][215] 27 August 2010: Missiles fired from US drones in the Kurram Agency hit 2 vehicle killing 5 suspected militants. was killed           . the main town in North Waziristan.[210] 14 August 2010: US drone fired three missiles at a compound in Mir Ali.[213] 23 August 2010: Missiles fired from US drones in North Waziristan kill 13 militants and seven civilians. who was training German operatives.[209] 25 July 2010: US drones launched their second strike of the day when two missiles hit a house where some militants were having dinner in Landikhel village of Srarogha Tehsil in South Waziristan. killing four people associated with the Haqqani network. the first such reported drone strike in the Kurram Agency.[221] 8 September 2010: US drones launch four separate attacks in a space of 24 hours. North Waziristan. killing at least 13 militants including Taliban commander.[224] The strikes targeted the Islamic Jihad Group. a house owned by Maulvi Azizullah.[216] 3 September 2010: 2 separate drone strikes kill 12–15 suspected militants in North Waziristan. targeting the home of Gul Adam. and killed nine militants. killing six "local" militants according to Dawn.[220] 6 September 2010: A US drone strike in North Waziristan kills 6 suspected militants.[218][219] 4 September 2010: US drones struck a compound in Datta Khel village in North Waziristan district killed eight militants including three foreign fighters.[209] 25 July 2010: US drones launched their unprecedented third strike on the same day when they fired two missiles at a house in Taipi village near Miran Shah.[211][212] 21 August 2010: A US drone strike near Miran Shah. Taliban sources said 14 militants were killed and two others were injured in the attack.[217] The first strike was near Miramshah. Four women and three children are among the dead. North Waziristan. The militants belonged to the Hakimullah Mehsud-led Tehrik-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP). Four militants that belonged to TTP were killed and five others sustained injuries. which was planning terrorist attacks in Europe. kills 6 militants. An Islamic Jihad commander. The second strike was near Data Khel. Amir Moaviya. SAMAA TV reported that a local Taliban commander named Inayatullah was reportedly killed in the strike. in Dande Darpa Khel near Miranshah was struck killing at least 6 militants. Qureshi. drones fired missiles striking a car traveling a few miles from the border.

[240]          . nephew and two daughters.[227][228] 14 September 2010: A US drone strike kills 12 militants in Dargah Mandi near Miran Shah. killing 3 militants. The drone strikes in Pakistan against the network are meant to support concurrent special operations raids against the network's fighters in Afghanistan. the first volley hit a vehicle in the Datakhel region killing 5. reportedly killing 13 militants. a drone strike kills 4 militants in North Waziristan. Among the dead was Sheikh Fateh Al Misri. The plan was thought to be its final stages and the stepped up drone campaign in September was done to disrupt and eliminate the key planners of this terrorist attack.[236] 25 September 2010: A US drone fired three missiles hitting a vehicle killing 4 militants in Datta Khel village of North Waziristan. North Waziristan killing 5 militants. including Taliban commander Mullah Shamsullah. killing six militants. first cousin of Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani. one of the strikes also hit a noncombatant house belonging to Afghan refugee Din Mohammad. drone fired three missiles at a house in Lwara Mandi village in Datta Khel.[226] 13 September 2010: A US drone fires two missiles at a house in Shawal. In the first strike.[232] 16 September 2010: US drones fired missiles at a house in Datakhel area.[129]According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.[231] 15 September 2010: In an ongoing unprecedented drone offensive. a Haqqani Network military commander in Afghanistan and a cousin of Siraj Haqqani. including Saifullah Haqqani. killing 4 militants.[234] 20 September 2010: US drones launch two strikes killing a total of 12 militants in North Waziristan.[225]  11 September 2010: A US drone strike on the house of Hafiz Gul Bahadur in North Waziristan kills 5 suspected militants. the second hit a house in Miran Shah killing 7.[233] 19 September 2010: US drones fire missiles at a house in Datta Khel.[235] 21 September 2010: A US drone strike kills 16 militants in the South-North Waziristan border region. Al-Qaeda's new 3rd in command. Minutes later.[239] 26 September 2010: US drones launch two strikes against militants killing 7. North Waziristan. a drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in the same area. Paris or Berlin by recruiting British Muslims who would then go on a shooting rampage throughout these cities similar to what transpired in Mumbai in November 2008.in the missile attacks. was reportedly killed in this day's strikes.[237][238] Al Misri was planning a major terrorist attack in London.[229][230] Saifullah Haqqani. killing his son. North Waziristan. The numerous strikes in September are reportedly part of a campaign against the Haqqqni Network.

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27 September 2010: A US drone strike in Miran Shah, North Waziristan, kills 6 militants.[241] 28 September 2010: US drone fired a missile at a compound Zeba village, west of Wana, South Waziristan killing 4 militants.[242]

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2 October 2010: US drones launch two separate strikes killing 17 militants. In the first attack drones fired two missiles at a house in Datta Khel killing 9 militants including 4 foreigners. The dead were members of the Badar Mansur group, which is closely affiliated with Al Qaeda. Four hours later another strike occurred in the same area on a convoy of vehicles and a house killing another 8 militants.[243] 4 October 2010: US drones strike a mosque in Mirali, North Waziristan, reportedly killing 8 suspected militants including 20 year old German citizen Bünyamin E. According to Der Spiegel several courts in Germany are investigation possible charges against the BND for passing on information to U.S. intelligence agencies that led to the killing of Bünyamin E. In May 2011 the German government announced that it would curbs terrorist intel flow to the U.S. to make sure that it would not be used in targeted killings of German citizen.[244][245][246] 6 October 2010: Two US drone strikes by Miran Shah, North Waziristan, kill a total of 11 militants.[247] 7 October 2010: A US drone strike on a compound in North Waziristan kills 5 militants, included one of the Al-Qaeda leaders Atiyah Abd al-Rahman.[248][249] 8 October 2010: US drone strikes by Miran Shah, North Waziristan, kill a total of 6 militants according to an unnamed intelligence officials, who was not authorized to speak to the media.[250] 10 October 2010: Drones fire 4 missiles on 2 vehicles and kill at least 8 militants in the Shewa District of North Waziristan.[251] 13 October 2010: Drone attacks kill 11 militants in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan. 15 October 2010: Two US drone strikes kill 13 suspected militants. The first drone strike killed six suspected militants in North Waziristan's Machi Khel area. Officials said two missiles hit an alleged militant vehicle. Later this day the second drone strike killed 7 suspected militants in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.[252] 18 October 2010: A drone strike in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan kills 6 militants.[253] The strike may have also killed the 10-year-old son of Naeem Ullah, who lived next door.[254]

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27 October 2010: Two US drone strikes 12 hours apart killed 7 militants. The first strike was on a house of militant Nasimullah Khan which killed 4 militants. The second strike was on a vehicle in Datta Khel kill which killed 3 militants.[255] 28 October 2010: A US drone strike in the Datta Khel area kills 7 militants.[256] 1 November 2010: US-operated drones fired four missiles at a house in the Mir Ali District of North Wazaristan, killing five or six suspected militants.[257][258] 3 November 2010: US drones launch three separate attacks killing 13 militants. In the first attack, drones fired two missiles at a vehicle in the Qutab Khel area of Miran Shah killing 5 Uzbek militants. In the second attack, missiles struck a house and a vehicle in Khaso Khel village, near Mir Ali, killing 4 militants. In the third attack, four missiles were fired hitting a vehicle in Pai Khel village in Datta Khel town, killing 4 militants.[259] 7 November 2010: Two US drones strikes kill a total 13 or 14 militants in the Miran Shah area of North Waziristan. In the first attack, drones struck a house and a vehicle in the town of Ghulam Khan, north of Miran Shah killing 9 militants. The second attack occurred an hour later in which drones stuck several vehicles in the neighboring town of Datta Khel, killing 4 militants.[258][260] 11 November 2010: A US drone strike kills 6 suspected militants in North Waziristan.[261] The militants were reportedly Haqqani Network fighters returning from operations in Khost Province, Afghanistan.[262] 13 November 2010: A US drone strike kills five people in the village of Ahmad Khel in the Mir Ali area in North Waziristan. A Geo Newscorrespondent reported from the attack site that the deceased seemed to be ordinary citizens, not terrorists.[263][264] 16 November 2010: Four drone-fired missiles hit a house and vehicle in Bangi Dar village of North Waziristan, killing 15 to 20 people, possibly including civilians.[265][266] 19 November 2010: One US drone strike kills 3 suspected militants in the region of North Waziristan.[267] 21 November 2010: A US drone strike near Miran Shah, North Waziristan, kills 6 suspected militants.[268] 22 November 2010: A US drone strike fired missiles at a car and a motorcycle in North Waziristan killing 5 alleged militants.[269] 26 November 2010: A US drone strike fired missiles at a vehicle in North Waziristan killing 4 alleged militants.[270] 28 November 2010: US drone missiles strike a vehicle in Hasan Khel village, around 30 kilometers east of Miranshah. Initial reports indicated the strike killed 3 or 4 militants.[271] Local

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officials, however, later reported that the suspected militants had survived the strike by fleeing the targeted vehicle after the first missile missed.[272]

6 December 2010: A US drone strike in Khushali village, North Waziristan, kills 5 people.[273] The strike may have also killed two noncombatants.[274] 9 December 2010: At least four unknown people are killed by a US drone strike on a vehicle in Mir Ali, North Waziristan according to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials who suspect that they are militants.[275] 14 December 2010: At least four suspected militants were killed by a US drone strike on a vehicle in North Waziristan.[276][277][278] 15 December 2010: US drone strike targeting a vehicle kills 7 suspected militants in Spin Drand area of Khyber according to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials.[279][280][281] 17 December 2010: At least 60 suspected militants were killed in 3 US drones strikes what is the highest death toll this year. According to security officials all the dead are suspected militants. – a claim that cannot be independently confirmed. The first strike occurred at a compound in Speen Drang where pro-Taliban militants from the Lashkar-e-Islam group were holding a meeting killing over 32. The second strike occurred in Nakai, Khyber hitting a compound killing around 15. The last strike occurred at yet another compound in Sangana, Khyber killing 6. According to unnamed official sources 39 of the killed belonged to Lashkar-e-Islam while 15 were Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. Extremist commander Ibn Amin was also killed in these strikes. He was a Taliban commander for the Swat valley.[282][283][284][285][286] 27 December 2010: Two US drone strikes near Mir Ali area of North Waziristan kill a total of 18 unknown people who were allegedly militants according to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials.[287][288] 28 December 2010: Two US drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region Tuesday kill 17 people. The drones fired two missiles on a suspected militant hideout in the area of Ghulam Khan. Later, a suspected drone circled around the blast site and fired two more missiles. Six people were killed. The second attack was on an vehicle in the same area, killing four more people.[289][290] 31 December 2010: US drone missile strike kills 8 people near the town of Ghulam Khan in the North Waziristan tribal agency according to Pakistani security officials who suspect that they are militants.[291][292]

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan claimed that at least 900 people in total were killed in US drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas.[293] [edit]2011 [edit]January to April

000 tribesmen held a protest in Mir Ali. North Waziristan killing 9 people who are believed to be militants according to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials.[296] 12 January 2011: US drones fired 4 missile at a compound in Haiderkhel village near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan killing 6 people. a militant compound was struck at Mando Khel. including several Arabs and Turkmen. killing two people riding a motorcycle in the same village. two missiles hit a vehicle and a house in Doga Mada Khel village. in Datta Khel.[305][306] Later that day. 1 January 2011: US drones launched 3 separate strikes killing 18 people. saying they killed innocent civilians. killing eight suspected militants.[300] 23 January 2011: According to anonymous Pakistani security officials. killing four people. In the first strike. North Waziristan killing 6 people. South Waziristan killing seven suspected militants. Azam Warsak district. Hours later. In the third strike. In the first strike.[310] 8 March 2011: Drone strike in Landidog village in South Waziristan kills 5 militants according to Pakistani officials. drones killed 5 alleged Taliban insurgents.[315]           .[301][302] The same day around 2. four missiles struck a house being used as a base by Taliban in the village of Spalga near Miran Shah in North Waziristan. In the last strike.[311] 11 March 2011: 5 suspected militants killed in Ghorsaka area near Miranshah in North Waziristan. demanding an end to the drone strikes. Three drone strikes killed around 13 suspected militants in North Waziristan.[297][298][299] 18 January 2011: A US drone strike kills at least five militants in North Waziristan according to anonymous Pakistani security officials. killing three suspected militants.[313] 14 March 2011: 6 alleged militants killed near Miranshah in North Waziristan.[294][295] 7 January 2011: According to anonymous Pakistani officials.[303] 21 February 2011: Anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials announced that three drone-fired missiles demolished a house in the village of Kaza Panga. near Mir Ali. 60 km south of Miram Shah near Razmak. a USA drone strike in North Waziristan killed at least four alleged militants. a vehicle was struck in Boya village.[312] 13 March 2011: 2 missiles kill at least 6 people believed to be militants in Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan. another drone fired two more missiles.[314] Later in the day. another missile hit a vehicle near the Afghan border in Malik Jashdar in North Waziristan. drones struck a vehicle and a suspected militant compound in Mandi Khel. In the second strike.[304] One of those killed was reported by Pakistani officials to be an Iraqi Al-qaeda finance coordinator named Abu Zaid al-Iraqi.[307][308][309] 24 February 2011: Two separate strikes by drones kill 6 in North Waziristan. North Waziristan killing 4 people.

to stop the drone attacks.[341][342] The Pakistani army rejected this as "negative propaganda" and Chief of Army Staff general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said: "In the war against terrorism. a pro-army group in the tribal area. saying. The women and children were in nearby houses.[331] 13 April 2011: Two aerial drones fired seven missiles in South Waziristan and killed six.[334] Pakistan strongly condemned the attack and lodged a strong protest with US ambassador Cameron Munter. They also said that they do not know the identities of those killed in the strike."[335] Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani said that Pakistan was also seeking the intervention of friendly countries to get the U. 16 March 2011: Unnamed Pakistani intelligence officials told AFP that a strike in Dattakhel in North Waziristan kills 5 militants.[328] The Punjab Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning the strike and demanded that the national government take a clearer stance on the issue. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that the attack was a “complete violation of human rights” and that there were children under the death. Also killed were 12 Taliban helping adjudicate the meeting.[337] 21 April 2011: At least 25 people. One report indicated that the attacks targeted members of a pro-army group led by Maulvi Nazir although the deceased were said to be ordinary tribesmen unaffiliated with Nazir.[333] The AFP reported that the six dead were all Afghans and members of the Haqqani network.S. including 4 women and 5 children. Those killed were mostly civilians involved in a jirga or dispute resolution council discussing a claim to a local chromite mine.[319][129][320][321][322][323][324][325][326][327] Pakistani officials said the strike will intensify protests throughout Pakistan over the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis. and in response Bahadur threatened to end the peace deal struck with the Pakistani government almost four years earlier. were killed and about 10 other wounded in drone attacks in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.[329] Parliamentarian Marvi Memon demanded to declare war on the United States.[316][317][318] 17 March 2011: Forty-eight are killed and 50 wounded when several missiles fired from American drone aircraft hit a location in Datta Khel airstrike in North Waziristan.[336] An unnamed American government source stated that the CIA had no plans on stopping "operations" against terrorist suspects in Pakistan. was killed in the strike. The target was a compound of houses belonging to the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group. The Foreign Ministry in Islamabad stated: "We have repeatedly said that such attacks are counterproductive and only contribute to strengthen the hands of the terrorists. a top commander of Hafiz Gul Bahadur's Taliban faction. our officers and soldiers have made great sacrifices    . "Panetta has been clear with his Pakistani couterparts that his fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people.[332] Reports conflicted on the intended target. She suggested to order defence forces to launch a counter attack and said that it was the responsibility of the Pakistani government to protect its citizens.[330] The dead noncombatants may have included members of the Pakistani government-employed Khassadar force. Sherabat Khan Wazir.[338][339][340] Days before the strike US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman AdmiralMike Mullen clearly stated that North Waziristan is the hot bed for terrorists and accused Pakistan of not doing enough to combat militants. and he will not halt operations that support that objective".

[350] British and Pakistani journalists report that. Noor Nawaz and Yousaf.[364][not in citation given]         . wounding four others in addition to those killed.[358] 23 May 2011: Drone strike on a vehicle on the outskirts of Mir Ali in North Waziristan kills 7 suspected militants.[357] 20 May 2011: 2 missiles fired by drones kill 6 people in North Waziristan.[351] 10 May 2011: 4 suspected militants killed in an attack near Angoor Adda village in South Waziristan.[345][346][347] [edit]May to August  6 May 2011: 12–15 people killed and several injured at Dua Toi in the Datta Khel area 30 miles west of Miram Shah. Daraz.and have achieved tremendous success. Jamshed. Iqbal.[354][355] 13 May 2011: 5 killed when at least 4 missiles strike a vehicle in Doga Madakhel village of North Waziristan. and one Turk.[361] 6 June 2011: Three drone strikes kill 16-21 people. North Waziristan in the first such attack since the killing of Osama Bin Laden. "Yes I can confirm that Shamsi Air Base is no more under the use of Americans and the 150 Americans previously stationed there are now gone.S to launch unmanned Predator drones against terrorist targets.[352] According to Public Multimedia. A senior military official told NBC News.[359] 3 June 2011: Drone strike in Ghwakhwa area of South Waziristan kills 9 militants. and that four of those killed were "foreigners". Uzbeks.[348][349] An unnamed Pakistani official said the missiles hit a car and a compound belonging to Hafiz Gul Bahadar. Other witnesses said that some were "Arabs" and seven were civilians." The base had been used for some time by the U. in addition to 12 militants.[360] Top ranking Al-qaeda militant Ilyas Kashmiri is reported killed. The area hit is under the control of Mullah Nazir. The Long War Journal reported that Pakistani officials stated that some of those killed were "foreigners".[356] 16 May 2011: 2 strikes in Mir Ali in North Waziristan kill 10 suspected militants. CNN could not independently confirm the identities of the people killed. the strike killed six civilians named Samad. Unnamed Pakistani intelligence officials claimed that they were suspected militants."[343][344] The day after the attack Pakistan stops U. two missiles hit a vehicle in village.[353] 12 May 2011: 5–8 suspected militants killed when a US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan.S usingShamsi Air Base in Pakistan's Balochistan Province to fly drones. The terrorists' backbone has been broken and Inshallah (God willing) we will soon prevail.[362][363] The Long War Journal reported that unnamed Pakistani officials stated that seven of those killed were "Punjabi Taliban" as well as several Arabs. An unnamed Pakistani official said three of those killed were "Arabs".

near Miranshah in North Waziristan.S. 8 June 2011: Five missiles strike a militant compound in Zoi (or Zoynarai) village in Shawal region of North Waziristan. followed by a drone strike on a vehicle in North Waziristan.[372][373] 27 June 2011: Missile strikes from two US drones killed at least 21 suspected militants in Pakistan’s South Waziristan on Monday.[383] Over the next 24 hours several more attacks lead to the death of 45-61 suspected militants.[371] 20 June 2011: 9-12 suspected militants killed in the Kurram tribal area. near the border with South Waziristan. reportedly still in use as a base for drone strikes.[366][367][368] In response to a series of strikes against their group a spokesman for Taliban leader Maulvi Nazir announced that his group would send more people into Afghanistan to fight U. there is no official confirmation for his death. killing 13 suspected millitants according to an intelligence official who declined to be identified.[389]         . resulting in the deaths of 7 suspected militants. The second strike a few hours later reportedly hit a militant training center in Mantoi.[380][381][382] 11 July 2011: Drone strikes near Gorvak village in North Waziristan kill 12 suspected militants according to Pakistani Intelligence officials. Reuters stated that "There was no way to verify the deaths independently".[384][385][386][387] 12 July 2011: 23 suspected militants were killed in South Waziristan. Pakistani officials said.[378][379] According to two local TV station in Pakistan based on unnamed official sources. bringing the total death toll to 30. In the other strike.[375] 29 June 2011: Pakistani government officials publicly ordered the US to remove all of its personnel from Shamsi Airfield. However.[374] The first strike against a moving vehicle in Ghalmandi Panga village reportedly killed eight suspected militants.[388] 21 July 2011: 4 people were reportedly killed in a strike in Khushali Toori Khel area of North Waziristan.[376] However unnamed U. five "militants" were killed.[377] 5 July 2011: Four killed and 5 injured in a strike on a militant hideout near Mir Ali in North Waziristan. The strikes sparked panic among people in the area and the death toll is the second highest since the beginning of the airstrikes.[365] This claim that has not been independently verified as the media are denied access to the area. officials told Reuters that United States has rejected these demands and there are no plans to vacate the base.S.[369] 15 June 2011: Two strikes by drones in South Waziristan and one in North Waziristan kill 15 suspected militants according to Pakistani intelligence officials. killing 15-23 suspected militants". an Australian and al Qaeda supporter. Senior unnamed Pakistani officials as well as local officials confirmed the strike.[370] According to The Long War Journal. was killed in the strike. Saif Ullah. the strike near Wana in South Waziristan reportedly killed 10 fighters from Mullah Nazir's army. forces as they had no capability to shoot down drones over South Waziristan.

[410] 23 September 2011: 6 Haqqani network insurgents.[409] Another three were killed in a strike on a house near Mir Ali. 14 of whom were members of the Haqqani Network. drone strike in North Waziristan killed 4 suspected militants[399] including Al-Qaeda's second in command Atiyah Abd al-Rahman.[397] 19 August 2011: Four suspected militants killed in suspected drone attack in Sheen Warsik in South Waziristan according to Pakistani officials. including 4 Central Asians.[398] 22 August 2011: According to unnamed Pakistani officials a suspected U. was killed along with 3 other militants by a US drone strike[402][403][404][405] on a vehicle and compound in Hisokhel in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. South Waziristan.[415] Obama has broadened these attacks to include targets seeking to destabilize Pakistani civilian government and the attacks of 14 and 16 February 2009 were against training camps run by Baitullah Mehsud.[406][407] 12 September 2011: Two militants killed in a drone strike on their vehicle in the Esokhel area of North Waziristan. the director of the CIA indicated the strikes will continue. a commander in the Haqqani network. The rest of those killed were Arabs and Uzbeks. North Waziristan. that area is controlled by Taliban leader Mullah Nazir. who earlier died in a strike. 1 August 2011: 4-6 alleged militants are killed and at least seven other people are injured when two vehicles are hit by two drone-launched missiles near Azam Warsak.[395][396] 16 August 2011: According to unnamed Pakistani officials 4 suspected militants were killed near Miranshah after 2 missiles fired by Drones.[416] On 25 February 2009 Leon Panetta. The identity of those killed is unclear. Al-Qaeda's operational chief and the replacement for Atiyah Abdel Rahman.[401] 11 September 2011: Abu Hafs al Shari. according to unnamed Pakistani intelligence officials who were not authorized to speak to the media.[413][414] A list of the high-ranking victims of the drones was provided to Pakistan in 2009.S.[411]   [edit]US viewpoint In 2009 Barack Obama authorized the continuation of these strikes after he became US president.[408] One of the dead was reported to be Hafeezulla.[390][391][392][393] According to Bill Roggio from theLong War Journal.[412] Top US officials consider these strikes very successful and believe that the senior al-Qaeda leadership has been 'decimated' by these strikes. 15 kilometers west of Wana.[417] On 4 March 2009 The Washington Times reported that the drones .[400]     [edit]September to December   4 September 2011: 7 suspected militants killed in a drone strike in North Wazirstan.[394] 10 August 2011: Two drone-launched missiles hit a house 3km east of Miran Shah. were killed in a drone strike on a house in North Waziristan. killing 21 militants.

Father Louie Vitale. They also claimed that the drone attacks have addled and confused the Taliban.[427][428] In May 2009 it was reported that the USA was sharing drone intelligence with Pakistan. carried out at the agency's counterterrorist center.[431] Senior US officials are reportedly pushing for extending the strikes into Quetta in Balochistan against the Quetta Shura.were targeting Baitullah Mehsud. if the briefs' arguments are weak. and their affiliates and therefore may use force consistent with self-defense under international law. as a result of the strikes. Kathy Kelly.[432] Speaking at a news conference in Islamabad on 7 January 2010 Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman stated the . the request to target the individual is denied. According to Koh. had fled to Quetta or even further to Karachi. The officials added that many top Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders. US Congressman Dennis Kucinich asserted that the United States was violating international law by carrying out strikes against a country that never attacked the United States.[426] During a protest against drone attacks.000 more American troops to Afghanistan.[430] In December 2009 expansion of the drone attacks was authorized by President Barack Obama to parallel the decision to send 30. Eve Tetaz.[421] US military reports asserted that al-Qaeda is being slowly but systematically routed because of these attacks. This change in tactics has resulted in fewer deaths of high-value targets and in more deaths of lower-level fighters. The process. the Taliban. Stephen Kelly." or suspect behavior.[420] Former CIA officials state that the agency uses a careful screening process in making decisions on which individuals to kill via drone strikes. Solis asserts that since the drone operators at the CIA are civilians directly engaged in armed conflict. involves up to 10 lawyers who write briefs justifying the targeting of specific individuals.[423] Some US politicians and academics have condemned the drone strikes. or "mere foot soldiers" as the one senior Pakistani official told the Washington Post.[429] Leon Panetta reiterated on 19 May 2009 that the US intended to continue the drone attacks.[425] In July 2009 it was reported that (according to US officials) Osama Bin Laden's son Saad bin Laden was believed to have been killed in a drone attack earlier in the year. and others were arrested outside Creech Air Force Base on Wednesday 9 April 2009.[421] Since 2008 the CIA has relied less on its list of individuals and increasingly targeted "signatures. According to the former officials.[424] Georgetown Universityprofessor Gary D.[418] Obama was reported in March 2009 as considering expanding these strikes to include Balochistan[419] On 25 March 2010 US State Department legal advisor Harold Koh stated that the drone strikes were legal because of the right to self-defense. in an event sponsored by Nevada Desert Experience. and have led them to turn against each other. the US is involved in an armed conflict with al-Qaida.[422] US officials stated in March 2009 that the Predator strikes had killed nine of al-Qaeda's 20 top commanders. and that they have served to sow the seeds of uncertainty and discord among their ranks. John Dear. this makes them "unlawful combatants" and possibly subject to prosecution. SJ.

[436] A May 2010 Reuters report quoted unnamed counterterrorism officials who speculated that the Obama administration's closure of the secret CIA interrogation centers and intent to close the Guantanamo Bay prison was a direct influence on the expansion of the drone targeted killings.[435] The Associated Press (AP) noted that Barack Obama apparently expanded the scope and increased the aggressiveness of the drone campaign against militants in Pakistan after taking office. and intelligence assets became available for the campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan. as of September 2011. According to Pakistani and American officials this could further inflame relations between the two nations. . Also. which also sometimes take part in strikes on terrorist targets. the number of drones operated by the CIA over Afghanistan and Pakistan doubled. 20 September 2011. Virginia.[437] A study called 'The Year of the Drone" published in February 2010 by New America Foundation found that in a total of 114 drone strikes in Pakistan between 2004 and early 2010 approximately between 834 and 1. around 30 Predator and Reaper drones were operating under CIA direction in the Afghanistan/Pakistan area of operations. the killings are necessary because there is no longer any place to put captured terrorists. says Mike Mullen '[434] US defence budget for 2011 asked for a 75% increase in funds to enhance the drone operations.[440][441] [edit]Pakistani response Shamsi airbase in 2006. according to the AP. As of September 2011. the CTC had about 2. the Obama administration toned down the US government's public rhetoric against Islamic terrorism. more drones. based at CIA's headquarters in Langley.drone attacks were effective and would continue but stated that US would make greater efforts to prevent collateral damage. which earned favor from the Pakistani government.[438] On 28 April 2011.000 people on staff. are flown by US Air Force pilots located at Creech Air Force Base and Holloman Air Force Base. reported to show three Predator drones.[439] According to the Washington Post. garnering better cooperation from other Islamic governments. resulting in increased cooperation from Pakistani intelligence services. The drones are flown by United States Air Force pilots located at an unnamed base in the United States. According to the news agency.[433] In an effort to strenghthen trust with Pakistan 'US sharing drone surveillance data with Pakistan. US Department of Defense armed drones. According to the officials.216 individuals had been killed. which operates under the CIA's Counterterrorism Center (CTC). It may be deleted after Tuesday. the US increased strikes against the Pakistani Taliban. Furthermore. The CIA drones are operated by an office called the Pakistan-Afghanistan Department. support personnel. president Barack Obama appointed General David Petraeus as director of the CIA overseeing the drone attacks. with the drawdown of the war in Iraq. about two thirds of whom were thought to be militants and one third were civilians.[442] This file is a candidate for speedy deletion. Since Obama took office.

[458] In an analysis published in Daily Times on 2 January 2010 author Farhat Taj challenged the view that the local people of Waziristan were against the drone attacks. as its base for drone operations. Said Nadeem."[457] President Zardari has also requested that Pakistan be given control over the drones but this has been rejected by the US who are worried that Pakistanis will leak information about targets to militants.”[448] Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshidenied that this was true.[447] US Senator Dianne Feinstein said in February 2009: “As I understand it.[451] The British newspaper The Times stated on 18 February 2009 that the CIA was using Shamsi Airfield. despite repeated requests made by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari through different channels."[450] When the Soviets were in Afghanistan. a spokesman for the Pakistani army condemned Washington's killing of Pakistani civilians and warned of retaliatory action: "Border violations by US-led forces in Afghanistan. then they should also be helping us in fighting those terrorists. The area around the base is a high-security zone and no one is allowed there. including women and children. "We can see the planes flying from the base. which have killed scores of Pakistani civilians.[443][444][445] General David Petraeus was told in November 2008 that these strikes were unhelpful. and we have informed them that we reserve the right to self defense and that we will retaliate if the US continues cross-border attacks. She further challenged the government of Pakistan to provide accurate figures about the 'civilian' casualties and tell . asked the US to hand over control of its drones in Pakistan to his government. a journalist based in the area near Shamsi.[446] However on 4 October 2008 The Washington Post reported that there was a secret deal between the US and Pakistan allowing these drone attacks.Pakistan has repeatedly protested these attacks as they are an infringement of its sovereignty and because civilian deaths have also resulted. Pakistani intelligence has agreed to secretly provide information to the United States on Mehsud's and his militants' whereabouts while publicly the Pakistani government will continue to condemn the attacks. Aqil Nadeem. the potent Pakistani Air Force shot down any Soviet aircraft that strayed into Pakistan.[449] On 28 September. 190 miles (310 km) southwest ofQuetta and 30 miles (48 km) from the Afghan border. Author states on the basis of personal interviews with people in Waziristan that the locals in Waziristan support the attacks and see the drones as their 'liberators' from the clutches of Taliban and Pakistan's Intelligence agencies. told the Times.[456] On 28 April 2009 Pakistan's consul general to the US. which has further angered the Pakistani government and people. stated that it was in retaliation for the drone attacks.[442] The drone attacks continue. would no longer be tolerated. Safar Khan. "Do we want to lose the war on terror or do we want to keep those weapons classified? If the American government insists on our true cooperation. these are flown out of a Pakistani base.[78] In December 2009 Pakistan's Defence minister Ahmad Mukhtar acknowledged that Americans were using Shamsi Airfield but stated that Pakistan was not satisfied with payments for using the facility."[452] [452] Top US officials confirmed to Fox News Channel that Shamsi Airfield had been used by the CIA to launch the drones since 2002.[455] According to The Daily Telegraph.[453][454]Baitullah Mehsud while claiming responsibility for the 2009 Lahore police academy attacks.

expressed frustration with the drone strikes in Pakistan. we need allies in this fight. the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) delivered a report sharply critical of US tactics. The report asserted that the US government has failed to keep track of civilian casualties of its military operations.[469] while another US diplomat claimed that the US military is investigating any wrongdoing and doing all it can to furnish information about the deaths. The foreigners included Arabs.[471] . in his message al-Rahman complained that drone-launched missiles were killing al Qaeda operatives faster than they could be replaced. Government official. and a Pakistani journalist whose brother and son died in a drone strike called for prosecuting Banks for murder.[469] Any such information held by the U. Howling at the moon is not going to get us the cooperation we so desperately need. Indians or even the devil. Law enforcement believed that the messages were in response to calls for action against Americans by Adam Yahiye Gadahn. It is in this context that they would welcome anyone.what methodology was used to collect this data. Military’s official paper on the attacks till 7 March 2011 said that between 2007 and 2011 about 164 predator strikes had been carried out and over 964 terrorists had been killed. including the drone attacks. 3. Clearly.[470]The US representative at UNHRC has argued that the UN investigator for extrajudicial. according to the Agence France-Presse and the Washington Post.[468] [edit]United Nations human rights concerns On 3 June 2009. Filipinos and Moroccans. Chechens.[460] In December 2010 the CIA's Station Chief in Islamabad operating under the alias Jonathan Banks was hastily pulled from the country. including one from then al Qaeda No. law enforcement authorities found messages on al Qaeda-linked websites calling for attacks against executives of drone aircraft manufacturer AeroVironment. and to provide means for citizens of affected nations to obtain information about the casualties and any legal inquests regarding them.S. Major General Ghayur Mehmood delivered a briefing "Myths and rumours about US predator strikes" in Miramshah. Those killed included 793 locals and 171 foreigners. Israelis. military is allegedly inaccessible to the public due to the high level of secrecy surrounding the drone attacks program.[461][462] Lawsuits filed by families of victims of drone strikes had named Banks as a defendant. Atiyah Abd al-Rahmanreportedly. Americans. He wrote 'We need to wake up to the reality that the enemy has grown very strong in the years we temporized and tried to do deals with them.[463][464] In March 2011 the General Officer Commanding of 7th division of Pakistani Army. Tajiks. to rid them of the Taliban and al Qaeda. According to an unnamed U. summary or arbitrary executions does not have jurisdiction over US military actions. he had been receiving death threats.[14] [edit]al Qaeda response Messages recovered from Osama bin Laden's home after his death in 2011. According to her 'The people of Waziristan are suffering a brutal kind of occupation under the Taliban and al Qaeda.[465][466][467] In June and July 2011. He said that most of those who were killed by the drone strikes were Al-qaeda and Taliban terrorists. Uzbeks.'[459] In response to this analysis Irfan Husain writing in Dawn agreed with her assessment and called for more drone attacks. A solid case can be made for more drone attacks.S. not less.

[475] In an analysis published in Daily Times (Pakistan) on 2 January 2010 Farhat Taj. Some people in Waziristan compare the drones to Ababils.[431] Based on the responses the researchers concluded 'The popular notion outside the Pakhtun belt that a large majority of the local population supports the Taliban movement lacks substance'.[473] [edit]Interviews with people from Waziristan Between November 2008 and January 2009 Pakistani Aryana Institute for Regional Research and Advocacy conducted a survey of the public opinion about the drone strikes in Federally Administered Tribal Areas."[472] On 2 June 2010 Alston's team released a report on its investigation into the drone strikes. She claims that they see the US drone attacks as their liberators from the clutches of Islamist militiants into which. In addition the locals wanted the Pakistani forces to also target the militants.On 27 October 2009 UNHRC investigator Philip Alston called on the US to demonstrate that it was not randomly killing people in violation of international law through its use of drones on the Afghan border. a research fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research. including the local villagers. Alston criticized the US's refusal to respond to date to the UN's concerns. . Alston's report was submitted to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights the following day. The militants themselves collect the bodies.[474] According to Farhat Taj a member of AIRRA the drones have never killed any civilians. according to the people of Waziristan. they say. however. He called on the US to be more open about the program. She claims that estimates about civilian casualties in the US and Pakistani media are wrong because after every attack Islamist militiants cordon off the area and no one. which is that the Central Intelligence Agency is running a program that is killing significant numbers of people and there is absolutely no accountability in terms of the relevant international laws. is allowed to come even near the targeted place. bury the dead and then issue the statement that all of them were innocent civilians. the holy swallows sent by God to avenge Abraha. their state has wilfully thrown them. criticizing the United States for being. Alston. "Otherwise you have the really problematic bottom line. Most people thought that the drone attacks were accurate and did not lead to anti-American sentiment and were effective in damaging the militants. the only civilians who have been killed so far in the drone attacks are women or children of the militants in whose houses/compounds they hold meetings. Said Alston. University of Oslo and a member of Aryana Institute for Regional Research and Advocacy discussed the issue of drone attacks with hundreds of people of Waziristan. 5 teams of 5 researchers each interviewed a total of 550 people from all walks of life. But after the attack people got the excuse of not attending the funeral of slain militants or offering them food. But that used to happen in the past and now they don’t hold meetings at places where women and children of the militants reside. Most people thought that the drone attacks were accurate and did not lead to anti-American sentiment and were effective in damaging the militants. "the most prolific user of targeted killings" in the world. the invader of the Khana Kaaba. In one case when the funeral procession of an Islamist commander was hit and some civilians were killed. However. acknowledged that the drone attacks may be justified under the right to self-defense.

"[460] [edit]Civilian casualties According to unnamed counterterrorism officials.[477] The drone operators also have changed to trying to target insurgents in vehicles rather than residences to reduce the chances of civilian casualties. for hours or days at a time. not less. According to the report.S. The missiles are used in combination with new technology intended to increase accuracy and expand surveillance. The new missiles. These "micro-UAVs" (unmanned aerial vehicles) can be roughly the size of a pizza platter and meant to monitor potential targets at close range.[476] In response to this analysis Irfan Husain writing in Dawn agreed with Farhat Taj's assessment and called for more drone attacks. One former U. Government believed that 1. A solid case can be made for more drone attacks. Howling at the moon is not going to get us the cooperation we so desperately need.[12] United States officials claim that interviews with locals do not provide accurate numbers of civilian casualties because relatives or acquaintances of the dead refuse to admit that the victims were involved in militant activities. He suggested that drone strikes may kill "10 or so civilians" for every militant killed. but the same people would run for shelter when a Pakistani jet would appear in the skies because of its indiscriminate firing. including damage to the legitimacy of the Pakistani government and alienation of the Pakistani populace from America. Daniel L. they wouldn’t be disturbed and would carry on their usual business because they would be sure that it does not target the civilians.[215] . unarmed surveillance drones to exactly pinpoint the location of targets. official who worked with micro-UAVs said that they can be almost impossible to detect at night. Byman argues that civilian killings constitute a humanitarian tragedy and create dangerous political problems. in 2009 or 2010 CIA drones began employing smaller missiles in airstrikes in Pakistan in order to reduce civilian casualties. Clearly. He suggested that the real answer to halting al-Qaeda's activity in Pakistan will be long-term support of Pakistan's counterinsurgency efforts. which always result incollateral damage. They say that even in the same compound only the exact room – where a high value target (HVT) is present – is targeted and others in the same compound are spared. called the Small Smart Weapon or Scorpion. Byman of the Brookings Institution stated that although accurate data on the results of drone strikes is difficult to obtain. we need allies in this fight.[479] On 14 July 2009. People said that when a drone would hover over the skies. He wrote: "We need to wake up to the reality that the enemy has grown very strong in the years we temporized and tried to do deals with them.[478] A January 2011 report by Bloomberg stated that civilian casualties in the strikes had apparently decreased. "It can be outside your window and you won't hear a whisper. including the use of small. which would represent a civilian to combatant casualty ratio of 10:1. with no civilians killed since August 2010. the U.300 militants and only 30 civilians had been killed in drone strikes since mid-2008.Farhat Taj claims that locals usually appreciate drone attacks when they compare it with the Pakistan Army’s attacks. are reportedly about the size of a violin case (21 inches long) and weigh 16 kg." the official said.S. it seemed that ten civilians had died in the drone attacks for every militant killed.

The Foundation estimates that between 277 and 435 non-combatants have died since 2004.551 people have been killed in the strikes.[483] The CIA has claimed that the strikes conducted between May 2010 and August 2011 killed over 600 militants and did not result in any civilian fatalities. this assessment has been criticized by Bill Roggio from the Long War Journal and other commentators as being unrealistic. including Sirajuddin Haqqani.[480] According to the Long War Journal. the drone strikes in Pakistan since 2006 had killed 2.The CIA reportedly passed up three chances to kill militant leaders. as of 2011. The Foundation stated that 95% of those killed in 2010 were militants. including more than 160 children. more than 2000 persons have been killed.189 total deaths.018 militants and 138 civilians.374 to 2.[11] [edit]See also Afghanistan portal Military of Pakistan portal Military of the United States portal     Drone attacks in Yemen List of terrorist incidents in Pakistan since 2001 Terrorism in Pakistan Violence in Pakistan 2006-09 [edit]References . and most of those deaths are of innocent civilians. as of August 2011. as of mid-2011.000 militants and approximately 50 noncombatants. out of 1. with 134 strikes inflicting over 900 deaths. Unnamed American officials who spoke to the New York Times claimed that. The CMC termed the CIA drone strikes as an "assassination campaign turning out to be revenge campaign". with 80% of those militants.[482] The Bureau of Investigative Journalism based on extensive research found in mid-2011 that at least 385 civilians were among the death. The New America Foundation believes that between zero and 18 civilians have been killed in drone strikes since 23 August 2010 and that overall civilian casualties have decreased from 25% of the total in prior years to an estimated 6% in 2010. and showed that 2010 was the deadliest year so far as regards casualties resulting from drone attacks.[481]The New America Foundation stated in mid-2011 that since 2004 2.[215] According to a report of the Islamabad-based Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC). the drone campaign had killed over 2. with drone missiles in 2010 because women and children were nearby.

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