At least 18 killed today in Pakistan at the hands of U.S. drone strikes
August 24, 2012
A volley of American drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt early Friday killed at least 18 people, security officials said, marking a sharp escalation of the controversial C.I.A.-led campaign that continues to roil relations with Pakistan.
Drones fired at least six missiles at three locations in the Shawal Valley, a thickly-forested mountainous area in North Waziristan tribal agency, two Pakistani security officials and a local Taliban commander said.
The missiles struck mud-walled compounds and at least two vehicles, killing at least 18 people, one of the security officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. An official from the local administration confirmed the strikes.
The Obama administration has been targeting “militants” with drone strikes in an ever-escalating fashion, with “militant” having been recently re-defined as any male of military age (over 18).