January 2, 2013
Seven people were killed and several others injured in multiple US drone strikes carried out in the South and North Waziristan tribal regions on Thursday, DawnNews reported.
In the attack in South Waziristan, an unmanned drone fired two missiles at a house killing four people, locals who recovered the bodies said.
The drone continued to buzz in the skies after the attack, causing fear and panic among the area residents.
Separately, three people were killed and several others injured in a drone attack in the Mubarak Shahi village in North Waziristan tribal region’s Mir Ali Tehsil.
The US drone targeted a vehicle with two missiles, and then fired another two missiles when rescuers gathered at the site to carry the bodies and the injured.
The death toll from the drone strike in North Waziristan was expected to rise, security sources told Dawn.com.
There were reports of a key Taliban commander being targeted in the strike, sources said.
As if drone strikes on villages killing innocent people weren’t disgusting enough, the “double-tap” method of striking a second time to target rescuers is even more repulsive.
The Obama administration has also begun to escalate drone strikes in Yemen, with four strikes last week alone, rising from 18 strikes in 2011 to 53 in 2012... as those in Pakistan, Somalia & beyond continue to take lives.
It’s also important to note how the media covers drone strikes, often citing those killed as “militants,” a definition Obama changed to mean any male of military age in a strike zone.
Update: At least 13 were killed. The death toll is still expected to rise.