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MIRAMSHAH: After a nearly six month halt in the drone campaign, separate US aerial drones fired missiles at militant hideouts in pre-dawn strikes on Thursday just days after the Taliban launched a deadly attack on Karachi airport that killed 37 people.

Two successive US drone strikes killed at least 16 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwest tribal area where pressure was building on Islamabad to react after the brazen attack.

The first attack took place late on Thursday night when the unmanned US plane fired six missiles that hit a vehicle and a compound in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan, around 10 kilometres (six miles) west of the main town of Miramshah.

Six suspected militants were killed in the attack in the area considered a stronghold for the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network.

“Four of them were Uzbeks and two were Punjabi Taliban,” said an intelligence official in Miramshah referring to militants from Pakistan's central Punjab province who have taken shelter in North Waziristan.

Officials said militants had parked their pick-up truck against the outer wall of the compound.

“Both compound and truck were completely destroyed. Local informers told us that both are still on fire,” he said.

Another senior security official confirmed the strike and said the death toll could rise.

Later on early hours of Thursday, another US drone fired eight missiles in Dande Darpakhel area near North Waziristan that killed at least ten suspected militants while four others wounded.

According to locals, at least four different compounds and a pick-up truck were targeted in the second drone attack.

According to intelligence officials and tribesmen, at least five to 10 drones were flying in the area near Miramshah when the strike took place.

The strikes came as Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan said that Uzbek militants had been deployed in a siege of the country's busiest airport that began Sunday night and ended late Monday morning, killing 37 people including the 10 attackers.

That attack shredded a tentative peace process that began earlier this year with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who rose up against the state in 2007 in an insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives.

It also raised serious questions about how militants could strike at the airport serving Pakistan's economic hub, concerns which were underscored by a follow-up attack at an airport checkpoint the next day in which two Taliban gunmen escaped without causing casualties.

Around 60,000 residents have fled North Waziristan, which is one of seven tribal districts along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, since late May fearing a long-awaited ground offensive could be imminent.

Pakistan has so far reacted with air strikes in the Tirah Valley of the Khyber tribal district which lies further to the north, killing at least 25 people on Tuesday.

The United States had offered its assistance in investigating the siege, though it is not yet clear whether Pakistan accepted the offer.

“The United States condemns the attack on the Karachi airport. And our hearts go out... to the families of the victims and those who were wounded in that attack,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest Monday.

More than 2,000 people have been killed in drone attacks since August 2008 according to an AFP tally, with critics charging that the strikes cause many civilian casualties.

The last drone attack on Pakistani soil occurred on December 25, 2013, killing three suspected militants. According to media reports the strikes had been temporarily halted at the Pakistani government's request.

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Usman Jun 11, 2014 09:20pm

So it started again. After NS decided against the airstrikes by military in NWA yesterday, the US has run out of patience and going ahead on their own to end this. Looks like the military is fully on board with the US approach and NS is the only one harping on about talks with the militants after all that has transpired in Karachi.

Imran Jun 11, 2014 09:27pm

Welcome back drone

Tariq khan Jun 11, 2014 09:28pm

Good! Revenge is best served on a plate!! Let the drones in! And make sure you kill the culprits and not civilians!

uxman Jun 11, 2014 09:29pm

Thanks USA , but hope no innocent civilians are killed

Sammy Jun 11, 2014 09:33pm


Syed Jun 11, 2014 09:39pm

Thank you usa. Our P.M does to care.

Faisal Jun 11, 2014 09:42pm

About freaking time

Junaid Jun 11, 2014 09:45pm

Drone is the best option for high value targets minimum collateral damage

Rainman Jun 11, 2014 09:46pm

Let the Americans do our dirty work since we don't have the political will or military prowess

numbersnumbers Jun 11, 2014 09:48pm

Please note that the "Intelligence Sources" who announced the casualties were probably also the forward observers who passed on the "Target" coordinates and descriptions to the Drone Strike Team for action!

ali ahmed Jun 11, 2014 09:50pm

Pakistan national bird in action

Harmony Jun 11, 2014 09:52pm

As Taliban menace continues, its not surprising the drones are back again perhaps this time with justified request.

Ahmed Jun 11, 2014 09:56pm

Go drone get them. Dont stop.

numbersnumbers Jun 11, 2014 09:57pm

Let's see, now waiting for Maulana Fazl to declare all those killed in Drone Strike to be "Martyrs"!! Also waiting for Maulana Aziz to declare all those Pakistanis killed defending Karachi airport during terrorist attack to be not "worthy" of receiving Muslim burial!!!

Mohammed Hanif Jun 11, 2014 09:58pm

more the merrier. Need to give drones a free hand to sort these b......ds out.

Amjad Khan Jun 11, 2014 09:59pm

Religious hatred and fanaticism is a world devouring fire whose flames no one can quench not even US drones.

Jamal Jun 11, 2014 10:01pm

Welcome back...

sapeace Jun 11, 2014 10:05pm

USA only serves itself in the end

Abid Jun 11, 2014 10:30pm

Is Imran going to block the NATO supplies again?

khan Jun 11, 2014 10:32pm

Wow the comments on here are disgraceful, shame!.

TooTrue Jun 11, 2014 10:47pm

Thank you, Uncle Sam.

Junaid Jun 11, 2014 10:51pm

With drones the target is hit with 99.99% accuracy there are no IDPs, no curfews,normal life for normal civilian,system intact not paralyzed Keep F16 for the country defense not for bombing of civilian population in search of militants Keep ready ground forces for their actual job to protect borders

mohsin Jun 11, 2014 10:53pm

Should not allow Foreign nations to kill muslims in our land.

Aamir Jun 11, 2014 10:58pm

welcome back

nadeem Jun 11, 2014 11:08pm

At least someone killing them for us

Dr. Khalid Butt Jun 11, 2014 11:19pm

Standup all those in favour of drone attacks. Oh, all the patriotic Pakistanis stood up, except JI and Imran Khan. Keep sitting in your dharnas.

Lahori Jun 11, 2014 11:22pm

I think its peace process

Dr. Khalid Butt Jun 11, 2014 11:34pm

Every Pakistani who loves Pakistan should contribute at least Rs. 100 towards the US drone fund to be given to the US towards its expenditure for drone attacks.

Danial Jun 11, 2014 11:45pm

I've always said that if we don't take out our own garbage then we should let others do it. How silly is our nation that we protested against Musharraf after lal masjid when that was the first definitive attack on extremists and complained about drones but now we are happy for both.

It was always obvious that we needed to do both! Why didn't the rest of the nation understand then? Why did it take this long and this many lives for Pakistanis to know what to do? Is it because if education or media and politicians?

Farhan Jun 12, 2014 12:04am

We need our own drones for intelligence gathering & air strikes. An independent sovereign country should develop its own capabilities to deal with its problems on its own. Drone technology should be developed as missile technology was giving us a range of missile options.

Ek Brit Jun 12, 2014 01:14am

Uncle sam please send more drones!!!

Akram Jun 12, 2014 01:18am

Good news. Please don't stop this time. Wipe out these animals once and for all.

Hammad Azam Jun 12, 2014 01:24am

@mohsin So let me understand this. You do not want foreigners to kill 4 Muslims who happen to be terrorists. But you have no problems in another Muslim blowing up 100 other innocent Muslims (and others). Correct.

We all have taken note of that and will implement it - right away :-)

TooTrue Jun 12, 2014 01:29am

@mohsin Those "Muslims" are murdering thugs who just attacked your busiest airport and killed a few of your "Muslims" in the process.

Chakra Gaye ? Jun 12, 2014 01:30am

So now is that by permission of the government army etc ??

Qamar Jun 12, 2014 01:34am

It is a pity that someone else has to do what we should have been doing ourselves.

DK Jun 12, 2014 01:38am

Pakistani's view of US drone strikes has now completed changed! All hail US!!

Riaz Jun 12, 2014 01:38am

God bless Ammerica

Rahela Jun 12, 2014 02:09am

Imran Khan is not going to like it. He will keep busy for the rest of the year demonstrating. He has not much else to do any way and can organize one more protest march in between his trips to London.

Laeeq,NY Jun 12, 2014 02:16am

This is the way to move forwar. Talibans do not understand the language of civilized people.

Sultan Rahi Jun 12, 2014 02:26am

Thank you US, you are are our real hero, our govt and security agencies have failed us while you are standing bu us. Pak Military has been trying hard and we appreciate their efforts too.

Mirza Jun 12, 2014 02:36am

Well done USA. Please don't stop now. . Take all of them out.

Khurram Jadoon Jun 12, 2014 02:39am

It seems things are going as per plan. Pakistan needs to kill all such elements themselves any external intervention will work as catalyst on already burning fire.

Mirza Jun 12, 2014 02:40am

@khan Shame on those people who support killers of civilians . What did those poor 7 people do who were burnt alive in the cold storage at Karachi Airport. Shame on them who support talibaan.

NINO Jun 12, 2014 02:43am

You chose not to mention Imran Khan!

Ali Jun 12, 2014 02:44am

@mohsin Muslims??? Really???

NINO Jun 12, 2014 02:50am

@Usman Many thanks for letting us on the decision taken by NS which the army did not agree with. Next time, I would Wait to be advised by you of such matters-----Damon the newspapers. Appreciate if you inform me of THOUGHTS running in captain's head!

Ahmed Jun 12, 2014 02:51am

@khan What is disgraceful is the traitors who howl about drones killing terrorists but are silent about terrorists killing thousands of innocent people.

NINO Jun 12, 2014 03:00am

@Rahela Imran can not think any better than he does. Such is luck of the draw. Hashmi Sahib and Qureshi sahib, please impart the basics of politics to your protege.

Moin Kamal Jun 12, 2014 03:03am

@mohsin Calling Taliban Muslims is an insult to Muslims and humanity. They are a bunch of animals.

Jamal Jun 12, 2014 03:12am

Shame on the people who are sitting in their drawing rooms & rejoicing the killings. These killings shows who are the REAL terrorists..

Ahmer Jun 12, 2014 03:22am

Thank you, USA. Keep going now.

Aamir Jun 12, 2014 03:26am

Thankful to US government for their offer of assistance. Go USA.. Go Pakistan Army !! Kill these terrorists...

Asad kiyani Jun 12, 2014 03:29am

Now the terriorsts hideouts should be droned on daily basis include with f16s

bb Jun 12, 2014 03:34am

This must have been done with permisi

Ali Jun 12, 2014 03:44am

Good job! Thanks USA

Informant Jun 12, 2014 03:46am

As long as they kill KNOWN terrorists and their organizers, I'd say we should have a whole fleet of drones pounding these killers.

Dr. Sehar Khan Jun 12, 2014 03:49am

@Dr. Khalid Butt ...Wow... Great Idea.

J Jun 12, 2014 03:50am

This is what we need more and more. It can only help Pakistan. Drones please don't keep coming often to make our land pure from beasts. A big Thank You.

Dr. Sehar Khan Jun 12, 2014 03:53am

@Rahela ... Exaclty, he is still dreaming about the elections, the guy is just wasting his energy for personal gain and that is to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan... he is just a Angry Khan (24/7)

Hussain Jun 12, 2014 03:55am

God bless america!!! Thank you once again from the people of pakistan.... Please finish them off one by one.

aaa Jun 12, 2014 04:10am

drone a bad idea.

Vijay Jun 12, 2014 04:18am

@khan : Pick your loyalty, quick!

hayder Jun 12, 2014 04:36am

allah akbar

Sarah Jun 12, 2014 04:40am

Savior of Pakistani citizens have arrived once again! Hound them till TTP are eliminated from Pakistan soil.

Ali Jun 12, 2014 04:40am

@mohsin but should allow the same foreign nationals to kill innocent Pakistanis. Great intellect

Jamal Jun 12, 2014 04:45am


ZAFAR Jun 12, 2014 05:04am

@ali ahmed Wellsaid. LOL

Shamsher Singh Bajwa Jun 12, 2014 05:14am

The National bird strikes again!!

Ahmer Jun 12, 2014 05:54am

Drones are far more accurate than airstrikes that cause more civilian deaths. I salute whoever made the change and gave green signal to drones.

Fahd Siddiqui Jun 12, 2014 06:14am

Realize that every drone attack takes away a sizable chunk from our sovregnity. It is so ironic that we cheer such attacks, while it is quite clear that these drones are serving uncle sam's purpose.

There is no due process with drones, who knows if the killed is innocent or just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Please don't get me wrong, I have violence and terrorism as the other guy but we have to be civilized unlike terrorists and realize what we are letting go of...

aceleaf Jun 12, 2014 06:39am

Excellent move. Elimination of the terrorists is only viable solution.

qaisar Jun 12, 2014 06:49am

Thank u USA..

Asif Jun 12, 2014 06:55am

Our incompetence has forced US to take over the job.

Seedoo Jun 12, 2014 07:04am


It was always justified. Its just that people like you are now waking up to reality.

Ak Jun 12, 2014 07:26am

Today in north tomorrow on..... Be patient. One by one.

Satish Jun 12, 2014 07:26am

Am I dreaming? People are thanking USA !! calling for more air strike in their country. I still remember pictures of protest against air strike against terrorists. if the terrorists are attacking inside Pakistan they are bad people but it they attack outside of Pakistan they are doing Jihad? My answer is both are bad people and faster you get rid of them better it will be Pakistan and the world.

Ahmed Jun 12, 2014 07:30am

Shouldn't we be thankful to the US for helping us eliminate these fundamentalists?

Agha Ata Jun 12, 2014 07:37am

Thank God the authorities have realized the importance of drone attacks in Waziristan. The sad part is that we do not even know who our friends and foes are.

Ravi Dallas TX Jun 12, 2014 07:45am

Are we dreaming ? Till yesterday it was Pak army and now drones are back. Sounds like some movie where the second hero who disappears in the movie for sometime and suddenly shows up when help is needed fighting villains.

Ghulam Mustafa Jun 12, 2014 07:52am

We appreciate the drone strikes again.

pathanoo Jun 12, 2014 08:25am

Thank You, America.

SK Jun 12, 2014 08:26am

@mohsin And let foreign national Muslims to kill local Muslims?

Ahmed Jun 12, 2014 08:28am

Allah-0-Akbar! Take them out USA! Take them out. And save us.

Suq Madieq Jun 12, 2014 09:34am

This is sheer irony. Read any older post on front strikes and most replies are cursing the Americans. Fresh out of Karachi attack everyone here is supporting the strikes. It is a matter of shame that a foreign court violates your airspace and kills your citizens at free will. Punish your own culprits, why should someone else do it.

kashif Jun 12, 2014 09:37am

See the weak Pakistani mind shift. Now they are praising drones. Enemy is an enemy my dear friends. We don't want drones!!!!.

Bong Jun 12, 2014 09:41am

The American National Bird of Pakistan is in job again.

Khan Jun 12, 2014 09:57am

This is the most effective way to target terrorist. Well Done!!

Shamoon Ahmad Jun 12, 2014 10:00am

Pakistanis are dying by thousands in a gorilla war launched by the terrorists. Pakistani citizen needs protection, and any help from any source, domestic or foreign, should be accepted. If drones can help, under the circumstances, that would be legitimate need. Human sacrificial, year after year, is not acceptable any long. Nation has to unite and support their armed forces in this war.

Wake up call Jun 12, 2014 11:12am

Thanks United States for helping us eliminate terrorists hitting our country hard.

Javaid Akhtar Jun 12, 2014 11:51am

@mohsin your right when we are so good at it ourself.....

Mia Jun 12, 2014 12:29pm

It's hilarious seeing liberal commenters cheering on U.S. imperialism (and the Pakistani security establishment!) when it comes to the tribal areas. What hypocrisy. At least now the left in Pakistan knows where liberals really stand.

Abdul razzak surahio Jun 12, 2014 01:25pm

at last it is clear that these attacks have been carried out with the clearance of pakistan's leadership most probably military leadership.these drones always find their targets with the help of ground intelligence and who can provide these ground situations everyone knows.

Justice Jun 12, 2014 01:41pm

@Fahd Siddiqui did you express the same emotions when Chechens and Uzbeks attacked Karachi airport.

Laeeq, NY Jun 12, 2014 03:28pm

Please Pakistanis! Let the Drones do their job. Some one has to clean up your mess. Just watch the action and pray for their success

Laeeq, NY Jun 12, 2014 03:32pm

@mohsin you should join the Talibans then.

Zia Jun 12, 2014 05:33pm

Perfect target well deserved killing of terrorists

I want hope Jun 12, 2014 05:52pm

Should we expect another attack on civilians as a revenge to these drones now :S.

May Allah have mercy on us!

Salim A Jun 12, 2014 06:33pm

So the reaction to the terrorist attack in Karachi will be conducted by the US and not Pakistan. What a bunch of flunkies we have in the government. Shame on you all in Islamabad. You are a disgrace to humanity and Pakistan.

Roxana R Jun 12, 2014 07:06pm

Do not fool yourself in believing the drone strikes were without full cooperation and agreement of the Pakistan government. Stop being sheep believing those who lie about the realities here.

Roxana R Jun 12, 2014 07:07pm

@Usman The Pakistani government is fully on board with these drone strikes.

Just Someone Jun 12, 2014 09:49pm

There should also be drone strikes against the TTP leadership in Afghanistan.

FAHD SIDDIQUI Jun 13, 2014 09:55am

@Justice Yes sir. I am against all violence and terrorism. Let us handle our affairs and let not our sovereignty be attacked by Americans. Our military is capable to handle this, they just need the nation to be united behind them.

AJamal Jun 14, 2014 10:22pm

@Fahd Siddiqui There is no due process during a war.