Ever since the United States incorporated drones publicly, the manned-by-remote-control flying machines were met with either acceptance or hostility. Here on The Inquisitr, we reported on both sides. With drones, we were able to see what goes on within the beautiful danger zone of a fireworks display, as well as providing an alternative option for delivering goods such as pizzas. Every coin does have two sides, as we also reported how drones can be used for the invasion of privacy as well as warfare.
On the subject of drones being used for warfare, the United States has shown how this is possible as news reports are coming in that the U.S. military executed a drone strike that killed eleven.
According to an article by CBS News, the drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Saturday. Pakistani intelligence officials confirm that the strike killed eleven militants. They also confirmed specific location details for the strike happened in Datta Khel, a town in North Waziristan, where the Pakistani military has been carrying out a major offensive against militants since June of this year. Most of the slain were members of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is an umbrella group which encompasses militant organization across the tribal areas.
Yahoo News included more details about the strike. According to the officials confirming the strike, two of the dead were “important” commanders of the Pakistani Taliban. Also, the precise number of the slain who were part of the Taliban is now at eight. Now, it should also be reported this is just one of the first major U.S. drone strike against the Pakistani Taliban, but they’ve been actively hitting the rebel targets in mid June in an attempt to regain full control of the district. Ground forces moved in on June 30.
Finally, the U.S. drone strike is just part of the result for the dramatic attack by militants on the Karachi airport which killed dozens of people and marked the end of a faltering peace process between Pakistan and the Pakistani Taliban. As of now, more than 400 militants and 25 soldiers have been killed in the continuous assaults. Unfortunately, journalists are not allowed within the area to report, making it impossible to verify both the number and identities of dead independently.
Let’s hope the situation between Pakistan and the Taliban comes to a conclusion soon. Because of the situation at North Waziristan, over 800,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes. Most of them ended up in the nearby town of Bannu.
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