Friday, November 22, 2013

US drone targets Pakistan's city Hangu

In a rare 'move forward', the US drone targeted a seminary in the city of Hangu - the settled areas of Pakistan, killing  eight and injuring five.

So far the American drones have restricted their operations in the non-settled areas of the frontier region and tribal areas of Pakistan. But the Friday's strike into the settled areas of Pakistan has raised many a concerns for Pakistan.

It is now being feared that Americans one day may strike Peshawar or even Islamabad.

The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired three missiles at a seminary in the Tal area of Hangu district today, according to Dawn. Siraj Haqqani was spotted at the seminary just two days ago, Reuters reported.

It is not clear how many of those killed in today's strike are civilians, or jihadists or supporters affiliated with the Taliban. Dawn identified the six killed as "Kaleemullah, Abdul Rehman, Mufti Hamidullah Haqqani, Maulvi Ahmed Jan, Abdullah and Gul Marjan." Jan, Haqqani, and Rehman are said to be "key leaders" in the Haqqani network; Jan was described as an aide to Siraj as well as a key financier.

The strike in Hangu took place just 11 days after Siraj's brother, Nasiruddin, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Islamabad. No group has claimed credit for killing Nasiruddin.

Read more about it at: The Long War Journal
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