At least 16 people were killed in the U.S. drone missiles in two separate actions in the northwestern Pakistani province of North Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan. According to a report by the private television station Dawn, one of devices reduced to rubble a hideout of the Taliban in the area of Mir Ali, while another destroyed a vehicle traveling in the vicinity.
These were the fourth and fifth attacks executed by American drones in the last three days against suspected targets Taliban and Al Qaeda in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. The special division of the CIA drone program officer gave Pakistan a truce and a half months from 26 November, when NATO warplanes massacred to 24 of its soldiers on the border with Afghanistan in an incident that still has strained bilateral relations.
But on Jan. 11 and returned to the charge and the date totaling 10 attacks in the past two weeks and 22 in far this year, with a jump of 151 dead and dozens injured, according to Washington, insurgents. Significantly, this escalation started followed by the NATO Summit in Chicago (20 and 21 May), where contrary to expectation for United States and the Atlantic alliance, Pakistan announced it would reopen supply routes to troops occupying Afghanistan, frozen since the fateful Nov. 26.
Senior U.S. officials have said that Washington has never committed itself to suspend the operations of the drones on the South Asian nation and, by contrast, always stated that it reserved the right to attack if the target dictated it. Although the putative targets of the drones are the Taliban active in the Afghan-Pakistan border, too often innocent people are victims erroneous missiles, creating a natural population in anti-Americanism. According to international analysts, such incidents undermine the chances of reconciliation between the two countries, besides the United States remains reluctant to make a public apology for the deaths of the soldiers Pakistani border with Afghanistan.