US Predator drones launched an attack on a compound in South Waziristan’s Zangara area today, killing at least 16 suspected militants and wounding around 30 others. The attack targeted a former office of Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baitullah Mehsud, but it does not appear that he or any other high profile targets were present at the time of the strike.
Unfortunately, this is hardly the first of such strikes. The Pakistani government has publicly condemned the bombings, but nonetheless some media reports apparently suggest a secret agreement between Pakistan and the U.S. which allows the strikes to continue.
Meanwhile, the report notes, the ” imprecise nature of the attacks have anger the region’s civilian populace.” This dissatisfaction with American foreign policy (to put it mildly) may seem unimportant now, but this is exactly the sort of thing which leads to blowback down the line. As I’ve recommended many a time on this blog before, check out the book on this subject (appropriately titled “Blowback” and recommended by Ron Paul). I’m finally reading it myself right now and I can assure you it’s not a difficult read and definitely worth your time.
Read more on the Pakistan bombing on AntiWar.com here.Published in