After 6-Month Hiatus, Drone Strikes Again Hit Pakistan
At least 13 killed overnight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 12, 2014 6:47 AM CDT
Supporters of Pakistani religious group Jamaat-ud-Dawa rally to condemn US drone attacks in Pakistani tribal areas, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in Peshawar, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

(Newser) – Missiles from US drones slammed into militant hideouts overnight in northwestern Pakistan, killing 13 suspected insurgents and marking the resumption of the CIA-led program after a nearly six-month break, officials said today. The two separate drone strikes sparked swift condemnation by the Pakistani government. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the strikes are a violation of Pakistani sovereignty and territorial integrity. In the first strike, late yesterday, a suspected American drone fired two missiles at a militant hideout in the North Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border, killing three militants. Then, early today a suspected US missile strike targeted another militant compound in North Waziristan, killing at least 10 people.

There was no immediate information on the identities of those killed in the strikes but the two intelligence officials who gave information about the strike said the area is dominated by the Haqqani network, and most of those killed are believed to have belonged to the organization. Due to stricter rules on the use of drones, diplomatic sensitivities, and the changing nature of the al-Qaeda threat, the number of American drone strikes had dwindled. These were the first since Christmas, and even before that, the number of strikes every year had been steadily dropping. (Meanwhile, the US has rejected Iraq's plea for airstrikes.)

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LibertyReloaded
Jun 12, 2014 12:51 PM CDT
Let's either just kill everyone and create skynet or stop killing people and stop skynet, but let's stop flirting with the idea like sick psychopaths who can't make up their mind. Time to decide who we are.
tran_tor
Jun 12, 2014 9:48 AM CDT
The US military, under the leadership and approval of President Barack Obama, continued it's program of killing people suspected of crimes or pre-crimes against the US and anyone within close proximity to those suspects regardless of their innocence during their trial-less execution by bomb. Killing someone not proven guilty of a crime is called murder. Drone murders must end.
WarmWeatherGuy
Jun 12, 2014 9:36 AM CDT
How many of the dead were recently released from gitmo?