"9 killed in missile strike in Pakistan; Apparent target is said to survive" by Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King, Los Angeles Times | September 9, 2008
Nine dead? I heard 20.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - US forces made an apparently unsuccessful attempt yesterday to assassinate a prominent Taliban-linked commander who sometimes shelters in Pakistan's tribal areas, witnesses and military officials said.
Missiles from a suspected American drone aircraft struck a compound in the insurgent stronghold of North Waziristan, just across the border from Afghanistan, witnesses said. At least nine people were killed. Some reports put the tally as high as 21.
Of course, the Zionist-controlled, Muslim-hating AmeriKan MSM will lowball the mass-murder. Why not? They helped bring it to you.
In the past few weeks, the Bush administration has stepped up unilateral strikes against Taliban and Al Qaeda figures in the tribal belt adjoining the Afghan border. Last week, American forces made an unusual ground raid on a village just inside Pakistan, killing up to 20 people but apparently failing to kill any militant leaders.
The dead in yesterday's missile strike included at least three suspected foreign militants, but at least two children and some women were believed killed as well, local officials said.
Just collateral damage, right, 'murkns?
Unless, of course, it were your wife and kids that were killed.A Pakistani military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the strike had all the hallmarks of an American missile attack carried out with an unmanned Predator drone - strikes that have been carried out with increasing frequency.
What is really discouraging is what the blogs reported yesterday:
"US Kills 20 Pakistan Civilians Killed
Posted September 8, 2008
This morning two US Predator Drones attacked a small village two miles north of Miramshah in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency, killing at least 20 and wounding 25 others. According to an anonymous Pakistani military officer, none of those killed were militants. At least four women and two children were reported among the dead and most of the wounded are also reported to be women and children.
The attack centered on a religious school founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, a religious scholar and veteran commander of the US-backed mujahideen who fought against the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. Haqqani is well-connected in both militant and government circles, having been accused of ties with both al-Qaeda and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence by US officials.
Haqqani has recently been accused of a role in the bombing of India’s embassy in Kabul, and was also allegedly linked to an assassination attempt earlier this year against Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Incredibly enough, the United States attempted to install Haqqani as Prime Minister of Afghanistan, a position which he refused citing the number of Afghans killed in the 2001 invasion. Haqqani was reportedly in Afghanistan at the time of the attack.
So how come AmeriKa's shit MSM can't report it right?