Drone Strike

  • Iraq crisis: US open to talks with Iran, air strikes 'may well' be an option, says Kerry June 17, 2014

    Washington: The Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential US-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday. Kerry also said in an interview with Yahoo! News that US...
  • Iraq: After Mosul, terrorists gain partial control over Tikrit June 12, 2014

    A day after taking over Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, terrorists have gained near complete control of the northern city of Tikrit. Heavy fighting erupted inside Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, and terrorists have reportedly taken over a military base as well. The Turkish consulate in Mosul...
  • 10 die in Pakistan drone strike June 12, 2014

    Islamabad: At least 10 people were killed in a second US drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan province, increasing the toll to 16 since Wednesday's attack, media reported Thursday. According to officials, the drone targeted a house near Miranshah and fired eight missiles, The News International reported. The first US drone attack...
  • Pakistan does not want confrontation with US, Taliban: Sharif aide November 24, 2013

    Pakistan does not want a confrontation with the US or the Taliban and wants to resolve all issues with them through dialogue, a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said. "In fact Pakistan wants no fight with the US on drone strikes and the Taliban. Pakistan cannot afford war....
  • Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan rules out talks with government November 22, 2013

    The Pakistan Taliban has ruled out the possibility of holding any peace talks with the Pakistan government, a media report said on Friday. Shahidullah Shahid, spokesman of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), said they would not forgive the killers of Hakimullah Mehsud and would chase them even in the far-flung areas of...
  • Pakistan Taliban claims slain chief was target of government sorcery November 10, 2013

    If you think sorcery is limited to just the Harry Porter series, then the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) will like to differ. The militant group has claimed that Pakistan's government resorted to sorcery to cause headache and body pain to its slain chief Hakeemullah Mehsud. Mehsud sought spiritual treatment from an Arab healer...
  • Man who ordered attack on Malala elected new chief of Pakistani Taliban November 7, 2013

    The Pakistani Taliban elected Mullah Fazlullah, the commander whose men shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in 2012, as their new leader on Wednesday, dampening expectations of any peace deal between the insurgents and the government. The election of Fazlullah, known for his hardline Islamist views and rejection of peace talks, follows the...
  • Pakistan: Imran threatens NATO blockade in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province November 5, 2013

    Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, on Monday, threatened to cut the NATO supply lines in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from November 20 if the US drone strikes do not end. Khan said the killing of Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike before peace talks could begin was proof that...
  • Pakistan: Photo of slain Taliban chief posted on jihadi websites November 4, 2013

    A photograph purportedly released, on Monday, by the Pakistani Taliban shows its slain chief Hakimullah Mehsud after he was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan region. The photo, whose authenticity could not be independently confirmed, shows Mehsud lying on a white sheet with bloodstains on his face. It...
  • Sharif criticise US drone strikes on Pakistan, says peace talks with the militants derailed November 4, 2013

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday used his address to military officers to criticise US drone strikes following a recent drone attack that killed Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud and ultimately scuttled peace talks with the militants. The Taliban said following the drone strike that they would not hold talks with...
  • Pakistan slams US for sabotaging peace talks by killing Taliban leader November 3, 2013

    Islamabad: The Pakistani government on Saturday accused the US of sabotaging peace talks with domestic Taliban fighters by killing their leader in a drone strike, as the militants began the process of choosing a successor. The rise in tension, even though the US took out Pakistan's No. 1 enemy, shows just...
  • Pakistan Taliban secretly bury Hakimullah, vow bombs in revenge November 2, 2013

    Pakistani Taliban fighters secretly buried their leader early on Saturday after he was killed by a US drone aircraft and quickly moved to replace him while vowing a wave of suicide bombs in revenge. The Pakistani government denounced the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud as a US bid to derail planned peace...
  • US drone kills Pakitani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud: Officials November 2, 2013

    Peshawar: US drone strike on Friday killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, in a major blow to the group that came after the government said it had started peace talks with the insurgents, according to intelligence officials and militant commanders. Mehsud, who was on US most-wanted terrorist lists...
  • US drone kills head of the Pakistani Taliban, say sources November 1, 2013

    Islamabad: A US drone strike in Pakistan killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban on Friday, security sources told Reuters, the latest in a series of blows to Pakistan's most feared militant group. Hakimullah Mehsud has been reported dead several times before. But late on Friday, several intelligence, army and militant...
  • Pakistan endorsed drone strikes in secret deal with US, claims reports October 24, 2013

    Notwithstanding its public denouncements against US' "unilateral" drone attacks, Pakistan approved the controversial strikes by the CIA for years under a secret deal with America, a damning media report said on Thursday. Top officials in Pakistan's government for years have secretly endorsed the programme and routinely received classified briefings on strikes...
  • US: Sharif meets Obama; drone strikes, Kashmir on agenda October 24, 2013

    Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who met US President Barack Obama on Wednesday brought up the issue of drone strikes again - asking him to end all strikes though he got no assurances. Meanwhile, Kashmir issue, bilateral economic cooperation and regional security was also on the agenda. The White...
  • Obama to host Sharif today, issue of drone strikes to be discussed October 23, 2013

    New Delhi: US President Barack Obama will be hosting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the White House on Wednesday. Pakistan will bring up the issue of drone strikes and is calling for a complete halt to all drone strikes. The US defending them though. The big question that emerges...
  • End drone attacks in Pakistan, says Sharif to US October 23, 2013

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday, tells the US to end drone strikes in Pakistan and said the issue has become a "major irritant" in the bilateral ties. Ahead of his crucial meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow, Sharif said the issue of drone strikes has deeply...
  • US drone attack kills seven in Pakistan's North Waziristan September 22, 2013

    At least seven people were killed and two injured in a US drone attack in Pakistan. The drone attack came in the country's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan on Sunday afternoon, Xinhua reported citing media reports. Local Urdu TV channel ARY quoted unidentified government sources as saying that the attack occurred...
  • 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,...
  • Taliban-linked terrorist killed in US drone strike in Pakistan September 7, 2013

    A senior Taliban-linked commander designated a foreign terrorist by the United States was killed on Friday in a suspected US drone strike in Pakistan's ethnic Pashtun tribal region on the Afghan border, security sources said. The drones fired two missiles on a compound in the village of Dargah Mandi in North...
  • US drone strikes kill eight suspected al-Qaeda personnel in Yemen August 9, 2013

    US drone strikes killed at least eight suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen on Thursday, bringing the number of people killed by drones in less than two weeks to at least 25. The strikes follow Yemen's announcement on Wednesday that it had foiled a plot by al Qaeda to seize two...
  • Drone strike kills 6 suspected terrorists in Yemen August 7, 2013

    Aden: A US drone killed at least six suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in southern Yemen on Wednesday, officials said, a day after US and British embassies evacuated some staff because of growing fears of attacks. It was the fifth strike in less than two weeks and follows warnings of potential attacks by...
  • Pakistan claims Indian drone entered airspace in Sialkot sector August 4, 2013

    A suspected Indian drone allegedly entered Pakistani airspace in Sialkot sector on Saturday, officials said. The officials claimed the drone remained in Pakistani airspace for about two minutes. The incident occurred in Sialkot sector, 80 km from Lahore, at 2 pm. The drone was flying at a height of 3,500 feet, the...
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry hopes Pakistan drone strikes to end 'very soon' August 2, 2013

    US Secretary of State John Kerry told Pakistanis on Thursday he hoped US drone strikes in their nation would end "very, very soon," a message meant to ease anti-American resentment in the strategic country. After meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Kerry said they had agreed to re-establish a "full partnership", hoping...
  • Pakistan: At least 7 people killed in US drone strike July 3, 2013

    Peshawar: At least seven people were killed when a US drone strike on Tuesday night targeted a militant compound and a vehicle in northwest Pakistan's restive tribal region close to the Afghan border. The drone strike in Danday Darpakhel area near North Waziristan tribal region's Miranshah area killed seven people...
  • Pakistan condemns terrorist attack on foreign tourists June 24, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday condemned a brazen terrorist attack on a mountaineering camp in a remote northern region that left at least nine foreign tourists dead, saying the incident was aimed at disrupting relations with China and other friendly countries. "Those who have committed this heinous crime seem to be...
  • President Zardari wants end to political confrontation June 11, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has called for bringing an end to political confrontations to effectively deal with the daunting challenges being faced by the country. "We cannot afford confrontation and need reconciliation," said President Zardari while addressing a joint session of the parliament on Monday, being attended by...
  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif condemns US drone strikes June 11, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his speech to the first cabinet meeting on Monday condemned the US drone attacks as violation of national sovereignty. Sharif has been critical of the drone attacks in the country's tribal regions since he assumed office as the prime minister last week, reported Xinhua. The...
  • US drone strikes in Pakistan must stop, says Nawaz Sharif June 9, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said he is ready to facilitate the withdrawal of foreign troops from neighbouring Afghanistan but US drone strikes in his country "must stop" as they are a violation of sovereignty. Sharif made the remarks during a meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister...