Posts Tagged ‘missile strike’

Glenn Greenwald: U.S. drones targeting rescuers and mourners

February 7, 2012

Glenn Greenwald, uruknet.info, Feb 6, 2012

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Images from a Predator B unmanned aircraft are seen on a monitored at the Naval Air Station, in November, in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Credit: AP)

(updated below – Update II – Update III)

On December 30 of last year, ABC News reported on a 16-year-old Pakistani boy, Tariq Khan, who was killed with his 12-year-old cousin when a car in which he was riding was hit with a missile fired by a U.S. drone. As I noted at the time, the report contained this extraordinary passage buried in the middle:

Asked for documentation of Tariq and Waheed’s deaths, Akbar did not provide pictures of the missile strike scene. Virtually none exist, since drones often target people who show up at the scene of an attack.

What made that sentence so amazing was that it basically amounts to a report that the U.S. first kills people with drones, then fires on the rescuers and others who arrive at the scene where the new corpses and injured victims lie.

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Deaths in suspected US drone strike

July 3, 2009
Al Jazeera, July 3, 2009

An unmanned US drone aircraft has reportedly carried out a missile strike on Taliban targets near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

Missiles struck targets in parts of South Waziristan, in an area controlled by Pakistani Taliban leader and al-Qaeda ally Baitullah Mehsud, Pakistani intelligence officials have said.

The missile strike hit a suspected training facility in the village of Montoi in South Waziristan. A suspected militant hide-out in Kokat Khel was also hit.

There are believed to be casualties from the attack which took place early on Friday morning.

Pakistani aircraft are also reported to have carried out an attack on two targets in North Waziristan in which up to 11 people are said to have been killed.

Imran Khan, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Islamabad, said the US military has not responded to the attacks.

“The US never ever confirms whether they are behind these suspected drone strikes but popularly, it is believed that this is the kind of attack the US has made within this very troubled area of Pakistan before and they area likely to be behind these attacks,” he said.”

“Drone strikes are causing much controversy in Pakistan – many people say they have killed a number of innocent civilians and act as more of a recruitment tool for Pakistan Taliban.”