A Predator drone firing a hellfire missile
Reports from Waziristan suggest drone attacks earlier today were among the most deadly ever.
“Up to 50 suspected militants have been killed in two US attacks in north-west Pakistan, local officials told the BBC. In the first attack, suspected US drones attacked a Taliban forest camp in South Waziristan, near the Afghan border, killing at least 10 militants. Hours later, officials said about 40 militants died when five missiles hit a vehicle convoy in the same region.”
While both Pakistani and US military assets are striking a number of targets along the Afpak border, there would be particular satisfaction in the capture or killing of Baitullah Mehsud. Rahimullah Yusufzai, a journalist based in Peshawar, writes, “No military operation against Taliban militants in NWFP could be decisive without taking on and defeating the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) head, Baitullah Mehsud. The Pakistan army’s action in Swat and the rest of Malakand division and even in Bajaur and Mohmand tribal regions was like a side-show. The major threat was none else but the TTP founder and the main battlefield was always going to be Waziristan.”
Attack of the military drones, Brookings Institution
US launches another drone plane to patrol Canadian border (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)