Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Cycle of Violence Continues: US Drone Bombing Kills Seventeen in Pakistan

Suspected US drone attack is largest this year and once again contravenes Pakistan's demands for bombings to end

Jon Queally

A suspected bombing by a US drone in Pakistan has killed as many as seventeen people and injured many more, according to media reports on Wednesday.

The attack is the most deadly in Pakistan this year and the second since Pakistan's new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, took office in May.

Sharif, along with other high level Pakistan officials, have repeatedly demanded the US stop ignoring its sovereignty and the "territorial integrity" of its border with Afghanistan. Those official demands have been backed by a large protest movement among Pakistani civilians who say the drones torment their lives and bring increased instability to their country.

In a much touted foreign speech earlier this year, President Obama has said that the global war on terrorism, including aspects of its clandestine CIA-run drone program, cannot go on forever, but critics continue to point out that the US drone and targeted killing programs are doing more harm than good as they exacerbate anti-Americanism and radicalism abroad, working against the long-term national security interests of the United States.

As Al-Jazeera reporting illustrates, this latest attack in Pakistan also reveals the extent to which the US strategy of firing on rescue workers who respond to drone bombings has helped cultivate a culture of fear and hatred among those living in the tribal areas:

Many were wounded in the attack, local tribesman Kaleemullah Dawar said, but rescuers delayed for fear of falling victim to a second attack, a common tactic with drone strikes.

"It was not possible for the people to start rescue work for some time, as the drones were still flying over the area," Dawar said.

Less than three weeks ago, members of the Pakistan Taliban kidnapped and then executed nine foreign tourists in the Himalayan region of Pakistan, saying the killings were in direct retaliation for the ongoing US drone attacks against their people.

“Through this killing we gave a message to the international community to ask U.S. to stop drone strikes,” said Ehsanullah Ehsan, a Taliban spokesman.

___________________________________


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Violent Threats Against FBI Soar as Trump Lies About Mar-a-Lago Search

Menacing messages posted online "include a threat to place a so-called dirty bomb in front of FBI Headquarters" and "general calls for 'civil war' and 'armed rebellion,'" officials warned.

Kenny Stancil ·


'Biggest Win for Tax Fairness' in Decades: Progressives Cheer Reforms in IRA, Demand More

"While this bill establishes desperately needed changes to our tax laws and IRS funding, it is still a far cry from the systemic changes that we need in our society to rectify the hold the rich still have on every level of our economy."

Kenny Stancil ·


'Care Can't Wait': IRA a Good Start, Progressives Say, But More Is Needed

"Americans deserve a full loaf of bread," said health justice advocate Ady Barkan.

Kenny Stancil ·


'I'm Back': Fetterman Returns to Campaign Trail Following May Stroke

"I'm not only grateful to be alive, but also for the campaign we're building together," said the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat.

Kenny Stancil ·


Because Climate Science 'Does Not Grade on a Curve,' Experts Says IRA Not Enough

"There is an urgent need for much more aggressive and far-reaching measures to prevent climate chaos," said the head of one progressive consumer advocacy group.

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo