Heavy sky: Pakistan rattled by deadly US drone attacks [RT]
June 5, 2012 1 Comment
US drone strikes in Pakistan have entered their third day, bringing the death toll to 28. One of the strikes reportedly targeted a senior Al-Qaeda leader. This comes with Islamabad urging Washington to stop attacks which harm civilians.
On Monday US military drones struck a village in the North Waziristan, a region on the border with Afghanistan that is said to be a hub of militant activity. Up to 16 suspected Taliban fighters were killed in the attack.
Abu Yahya al-Libi, a senior Al-Qaeda leader, was the target of that attack, though it is unclear whether he was killed, say US and Pakistani government sources as cited by Reuters.
Over the weekend US drones carried out two attacks in the region of South Waziristan killing 12 alleged militants.
Islamabad has strongly condemned the recent strikes on its territory calling them “illegal” and saying that they violate the country’s sovereignty.
Many point to the fact that drone strikes have substantially increased under the presidency of Barack Obama. Pakistan has seen seven such attacks in less than two weeks.
The strikes targeting Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants often result in civilian casualties.