Drone Attacks

  • A week on, Gaza war takes on deadly routine despite calls for truce July 14, 2014

    Jerusalem: Palestinian militants resumed rocket attacks on Tel Aviv on Monday after a 24hour lull in strikes on the Israeli commercial capital, and Israel kept up its air and naval bombardments of the Gaza Strip despite growing international pressure for a ceasefire. The military said it had shot down a drone...
  • US focus is on boosting Iraqi forces, not air strikes June 12, 2014

    Washington: The White House signaled on Wednesday that it was looking to strengthen Iraqi forces to help them deal with an insurgency rather than to meet what one US official said were past Iraqi requests for US air strikes. An Obama administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity said Iraq...
  • Obama officials weigh drone attack on US suspect February 11, 2014

    The case of an American citizen and suspected member of al-Qaida who is allegedly planning attacks on US targets overseas underscores the complexities of President Barack Obama's new stricter targeting guidelines for the use of deadly drones. The CIA drones watching him cannot strike because he's a US citizen. The Pentagon...
  • UN experts call for more US transparency on drones October 26, 2013

    United Nations: Two UN human rights investigators called for more transparency from the United States and other countries about their drone strikes programme, saying their secrecy is the biggest obstacle to determining the impact pact on civilian casualties. Ben Emmerson and Christof Heyns, who presented two reports on the subject at...
  • Pakistan govt serious about talks with Taliban, says Nawaz Sharif October 10, 2013

    The Pakistan government is serious about holding talks with the Taliban in keeping with a mandate given by all political parties, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday. The government wants to take forward the talks process with the Taliban to achieve peace in the region, Sharif told reporters during a...
  • Pakistan to raise US drone attacks issue at UN September 12, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan plans to raise the issue of US drone attacks in its tribal regions at the United Nations, the foreign ministry said Thursday. Foreign office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry rejected any agreement with the US on the use of drone attacks and said these violate territorial sovereignty and integrity, Xinhua...
  • Air strike kills 16 in Afghanistan September 8, 2013

    Kabul: Drone strikes in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar Province have left 16 people, including 10 civilians, dead, an official said Sunday. The raids were carried out in the Watapur district Saturday. "A drone attack against Taliban militants in Watapur District Saturday left 16 people dead, which includes ten civilians and six Taliban rebels,...
  • Use drones only to collect data, says UN chief August 14, 2013

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that drones should only be used to collect information. Speaking at the National University of Sciences and Technology, the UN chief, who is on a two-day visit to Pakistan, also called for international laws to be followed regarding drone attacks, Geo News...
  • US, Pakistan agree to revive high-level talks over security August 2, 2013

    The United States and Pakistan agreed on Thursday to restart high-level talks on security and other issues, yet the two sides still deeply mistrust each other in a relationship frayed by disputes over issues like US drone attacks, which US Secretary of State John Kerry said could end soon. Kerry's remarks...
  • US drone attack kills two in Pakistan, first hit in Ramzan July 14, 2013

    Peshawar: At least two were terrorists were killed when a US drone struck a suspected militant hideout in a tribal region close to Afghan border in northwest Pakistan, the first such attack in the month of Ramzan. The CIA-operated drone fired two missiles late last night, targeting a motorcycle and a...
  • Pakistan: 18 killed in US drone attack, say officials July 3, 2013

    Islamabad: A US drone targeted a residential compound and a vehicle in northwest Pakistan's restive tribal region close to the Afghan border, killing at least 18 suspected terrorists, officials said on Wednesday. The CIA-operated unmanned plane fired four missiles targeting the compound and the vehicle in Danday Darpakhel area in...
  • Nawaz Sharif expresses concern over US drone strikes June 1, 2013

    Islamabad: Nawaz Sharif, who is set to become prime minister of Pakistan, on Friday expressed strong reservations over US drone attacks inside Pakistani territory. The drone strikes were not only violation of Pakistan's sovereignty but also against international laws and UN charter, reported Xinhua citing Sharif, the chief of Pakistan...
  • Pakistan: Six people killed in US drone attack, 2 injured May 29, 2013

    Islamabad: A US drone attack killed at least six suspected terrorists in Pakistan's lawless North Waziristan tribal region on Wednesday, the first such strike since the country's General Elections and the announcement of a new policy for the use of the CIA-operated spy planes by President Barack Obama. The spy plane...
  • Musharraf admits to deal with US on drone strikes April 12, 2013

    Islamabad: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has acknowledged his regime secretly cleared US drone strikes, becoming the first serving or retired Pakistani official to publicly admit that the country had a deal on attacks by the CIA-operated spy planes. Musharraf said there was no blanket agreement with the US on...
  • Yemen: Al Qaeda's No 2 succumbs to wounds January 25, 2013

    Sanaa: Al Qaida's No 2 in Yemen died of wounds sustained in a US drone attack in 2012 in southern Yemen, the country's official news agency and a security official said on Thursday. Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the US military...
  • Obama victory infuriates Pakistani drone victims November 8, 2012

    Islamabad: The roars celebrating the re-election of US President Barack Obama on television give Mohammad Rehman Khan a searing headache, as years of grief and anger come rushing back. The 28-year-old Pakistani accuses the president of robbing him of his father, three brothers and a nephew, all killed in a...
  • Pak leader Imran Khan offloaded from a US-bound flight October 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan was offloaded from a US-bound flight at Toronto International airport in Canada on Friday just hours after he criticised the US for drone attacks in Pakistan's restive Waziristan region. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief was reportedly questioned for his fundraising activities and his...
  • 'Pak suffered more than any other nation in terror war' September 26, 2012

    United Nations: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday declared at the United Nations that his country has suffered more than any other nation in the "epic struggle" against terrorism, with US drone strikes on its territory adding to complexities and it should not be asked to do more. "No country...
  • Sovereignty comes with responsibility: Hillary to Pak September 22, 2012

    Washington: The US supports Pakistan's sovereignty, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, reminding Islamabad that all sovereign nations carry certain obligations like preventing threats to neighbours and the international community. "We support Pakistan's sovereignty, but we are clear that all sovereign nations carry certain obligations: to protect the human rights...
  • Pakistan: 18 militants killed in US drone strikes August 24, 2012

    Islamabad: US drones targeted three militant compounds in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region on Friday killing at least 18 insurgents, just a day after Pakistan summoned a top American diplomat to lodge protest over such attacks calling them a violation of its sovereignty. The CIA-operated spy planes targeted the militant...
  • Pak military reluctant to confirm Kashmiri's death August 20, 2012

    Islamabad: Notwithstanding Taliban's insistence that militant commander Ilyas Kashmiri is dead, senior Pakistani military authorities in South Waziristan tribal region are still reluctant to confirm that he was killed in a US drone strike over a year ago. "We, on our own level, did some investigations but could not find any...
  • 7 militants killed in US drone strike in Pakistan August 19, 2012

    Islamabad: Seven militants were killed on Sunday when US drones targeted two vehicles in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region, the second such attack in the area in hours. Two CIA-operated drones fired four missiles at two vehicles carrying militants in Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency early on Sunday morning,...
  • Pak unrelenting in demanding drone strike end July 28, 2012

    Aspen: Pakistan's ambassador to the United States says her country will not relent from demanding that the CIA end its drone strikes. In a debate with White House war adviser Douglas Lute at the Aspen Security Forum, Sherry Rehman said drone attacks have damaged al-Qaida but are now only serving...
  • US mulls new covert raids in Pakistan: AP sources June 22, 2012

    Washington: US military and intelligence officials are so frustrated with Pakistan's failure to stop local militant groups from attacking Americans in neighbouring Afghanistan that they have considered launching secret joint US-Afghan commando raids into Pakistan to hunt them down, officials told The Associated Press. But the idea, which US officials say...
  • ISI chief's US visit put off: Pak military May 28, 2012

    Islamabad: New ISI chief Lt Gen Zahir-ul-Islam has put off a scheduled visit to the United States due to "pressing commitments" within Pakistan, the military said on Monday. A spokesman for the Inter-Services Public Relations, the military's media arm, said Islam's visit to the US had been "postponed due his pressing...
  • US drone attack kills al Qaeda chief in Pakistan February 9, 2012

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda's chief in Pakistan, who once fought in Jammu and Kashmir, was among four terrorists killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region on Thursday. Badar Mansoor, a former commander of the banned Harkat-ul-Mujahideen militant group that was active in Kashmir, was killed with...
  • Pak, China ink currency swap deal to boost trade December 24, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan and China have concluded a crucial USD 1.58 billion currency swap deal and multi-million dollar pacts to upgrade the strategic Karakoram Highway and a power plant, amid severe strains in US-Pak ties. The two "all-weather" strategic partners signed six bilateral agreements, including the 10-billion-yuan currency swap deal between China's...
  • Iran complains to UN council about US drone December 10, 2011

    United Nations: The Iranian UN mission said on Friday it complained to the UN Security Council about a US reconnaissance drone that it says was flying over eastern Iran before the military took "forceful action" against it. "I have the honor to draw your kind attention to the provocative and covert...
  • US asked to vacate Shamsi airbase by Dec 11 November 30, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan's top leadership on Wednesday said the US had been asked to vacate Shamsi airbase, believed to be used by CIA-operated drones, by December 11 in the aftermath of a cross-border NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Prime Minister Gilani told the media in Karachi that the Joint Chiefs...
  • 13 killed in US drone attacks in Pakistan November 16, 2011

    Islamabad: US drones on Wednesday fired a salvo of missiles at a compound in the restive South Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan, killing at 13 suspected Taliban militants, officials said. The drones targeted a compound in Sararogha sub-division of South Waziristan Agency, officials of the local political administration told the media. The...