This video is about a Pakistani‘s journalist condemning U.S. missile attacks on his side of the Afghan border.
From Associated Press:
Suspected US missile strikes continue in Pakistan
Friday, 7 November 2008
A suspected US missile strike killed at least eight people in a Pakistani village close to the Afghan border today.
The cross-border attack took place in Kam Sam village in the North Waziristan region, a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qa’ida militants blamed for attacks on US troops in Afghanistan and rising violence within Pakistan.
One Pakistani security official said 10 people died. Another put the toll at eight. The identity of the victims was not clear and it was not immediately possible to reconcile the differing tallies.
US aerial drones are believed to have carried out at least 18 missile strikes in Pakistan since August, angering the country’s civil and military leaders, as well as many of its 170 million people.
The attack was the first since the installation of General David Petraeus as head of US Central Command last week, giving him overall command of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pakistani leaders said they told Gen. Petraeus to stop the cross-border strikes when he visited the country earlier this week. He said he would “take on board” what they said, but gave no promise the attacks would stop.
US missiles strike deeper inside Pakistan: here.
Whitehall kept in dark over strike that may have killed British fugitive. Officials deny prior knowledge of ‘unilateral’ missile attack in Pakistan’s tribal area: here.
U.S. Missile Kills 10+ More Pakistanis
Scores of people have been killed in missile strikes and a Sept. 3 cross-border commando raid, but no top al Qaeda or Taliban leaders have been reported to have died. . . . The United States has shrugged off Pakistani protests.
Pakistanis protest US attacks on tribal areas
Civil society, trade unions, political parties and students marched on
November 1 in Karachi to protest at the US bombing of Pakistan’s
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). US missile strikes hours
apart killed at least 27 people on October 31 near the border with
Afghanistan, only days after Pakistan demanded that the United States
halt an intensifying campaign of using Predator drones to bomb tribal
areas in Pakistan.
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U.S. Kills 12 More Pakistanis
“They were American [missiles].”
U.S. Missile Kills 6 in Pakistan
The attack was the first to hit an area outside the semiautonomous tribal belt that directly borders Afghanistan, something which could trigger extra anger among Pakistanis.
US incursions inside Pakistani most stop says Straw
By Elham Asaad Buaras
Secretary of State for Justice, Jack Straw, reiterated his opposition to continual US incursions inside Pakistani territory and urged the US to respect the sovereignty of Pakistan.
Speaking to The Muslim News on October 30, Straw said, “National borders have to be respected, incursions must be made by consent of the country in question.”
US attacks have strained Washington-Islamabad relations, with Pakistan briefly blocking the NATO supplies through its land to Afghanistan in September.
Straw’s sentiments were voiced following a week long visit to Pakistan in September, where Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gilani, called for an immediate end to incursions by US forces into its territory, as the country’s jets and helicopter gunships pounded insurgent positions in the tribal areas along the Afghan border, killing 10 rebels and two civilians. “The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country would be safeguarded at all costs,” said Gilani.
America’s hit and run policy is likely to end following the election of US President Barack Obama. Three days after his election, Obama’s aides announced on November 6 that one of the first priorities of the Obama administration will be to reassess US strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Analyst Marvin Weinbaum, who advised Obama on Afghanistan and Pakistan, told Dawn newspaper Obama would increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan but he would also negotiate and seek compromise where possible. “There is a consensus, even in the American military, that there is no, strictly speaking, military solution. It is one which may involve the military in order to be in a position to negotiate without having to concede surrender to your enemy,” Weinbaum said.
Thursday, December 11, 2008 [AP]
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A suspected U.S. strike killed six people Thursday on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border, a lawless region believed to be a stronghold of al-Qaida, two intelligence officials said.
The identities of those killed in the attack was not immediately known, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The United States is suspected of carrying out more than 30 missile strikes against militant targets on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border since August.
The attacks have killed scores of militants, but angered Pakistani leaders, who say they undermine their own war on terror.
Most of the missiles are believed launched from unmanned spy planes that take off from neighoring Afghanistan.
Washington rarely confirms or denies the attacks.
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