The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist
Missiles fired by a suspected US drone have struck a vehicle in north-west Pakistan killing at least 18 militants, officials say.
The strike took place in Mir Ali village, 25km (16 miles) from Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan district.
US drone attacks are fairly regular in North and South Waziristan which are Taliban and al-Qaeda strongholds.
More than 100 such attacks occurred in 2010, most of them in North Waziristan. …
Officials told the BBC that the first drone fired two missiles at a vehicle, missing it narrowly.
It was joined by two more drones that fired six missiles, killing the four men who had abandoned the vehicle. All four were foreign militants, officials say.
Several minutes later, a group of 14 militants from the group led by Hakimullah Mehsud were killed when a vehicle taking them to the site of the earlier attack was hit by missiles from another drone, they said.
There has been no independent confirmation of the incident. Militant groups often dispute official death tolls.
Drone strikes are credited with killing some top insurgents but are also blamed for civilian deaths.
The repeated attacks have angered Pakistani public opinion. The government criticises such strikes, saying they merely fuel support for militants.
But recent leaked diplomatic cables on the Wikileaks website suggest that Pakistani officials privately condone such strikes. …
UFO sightings make me more and more nervous. US citizens are permitted to own guns, but guns against drones are absurd. Too little too late. If some foreign government got a hold of one of these drones and started targeting US civilians, there should be some personal defense against them. We should each be allowed to build and operate radar to monitor the airspace above our homes and to own a few SAMs … for personal protection. What is the targeting altitude of a predator? Perhaps there are missiles that are too small and too short range to hurt any civilian aircraft but could provide protection against drones.
Why would Pakistani officials privately condone remote controlled attacks that kill their civilians? Seems unlikely.