Continuing U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan reportedly kill 12 in North Waziristan
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Continuing U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan reportedly kill 12 in North Waziristan

Wazīrābād : Pakistan | May 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM PDT
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Reports claim that U.S. drones fired 4 missiles at a house and vehicle in the North Waziristan agency. Twelver were reported killed and a number wounded. No account was given of the identities of those killed.

The Pakistani government just the other day passed a resolution demanding that the strikes stop but this is the response. Adding insult to injury two Pakistani soldiers were injured by U.S. fire in another incident.

The U.S. seems to be escalating drone strikes in recent weeks after a comparative lull. However there has been increasing anger over the strikes among many Pakistanis.

Sources inside the Pakistani government claim that the U.S. quietly issued an apology for the strike. THis is probably pure invention to placate public anger. Relations between the U.S. and Pakistan are very rocky since the unilateral attack on Bin Laden's compound and his killing by Navy Seals. They were already on the rocks due to the actions of CIA operative Raymond Davis who shot and killed two Pakistanis. Some U.S. politicians believe that Pakistani intelligence or people in government were protecting Bin Laden and want to punish Pakistan perhaps by withdrawing aid unless Pakistan works harder to achieve U.S. objectives.

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The drone strikes are in the tribal areas in northwest Pakistan.
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