October 30th, 2013
07:21 PM ET

Drone attack survivors take their story to Washington

By Chris Lawrence

Her voice is tiny and soft but has the strength of a survivor.

Nabila ur-Rehman, 9, has come to Washington to talk about how she survived a U.S. drone strike on her neighborhood in Pakistan.

"I saw in the sky that it became dark, and I heard a 'dum-dum' noise. Everything became dark, and I couldn't see my grandmother, couldn't make out anything," she told CNN through an interpreter.

Nabila's family said her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was killed in that strike.

"I saw two missiles come down and hit, and at that moment, everything went dark," said Nabila's brother, Zubair, 13. "I just remember seeing an explosion and everything became dark, maybe because of the smoke from the drone."

Zubair said he could hear his grandmother screaming but could not see her. He was injured.

"Later, I found out that my grandmother was blown to pieces and then I felt like I was on fire. I was in a lot of pain, later I found that piece of shrapnel was found in my leg," Zubair told CNN.

Nabila was 8 at the time and talks about the pain and confusion in the minutes after the strike.

"My hand was hurt, and when I was looking at it, there was blood coming out. And I tried wiping it away with my shawl, but it just kept coming out. I was just really scared and didn't know what to do," she said.

The children and their father have come from Pakistan to tell their stories to members of Congress.

They are hoping it will influence lawmakers to curtail the number of drone strikes in Pakistan, specifically in North Waziristan where the family lives.

That area is mostly controlled by militant groups and operates outside the laws of Pakistani security forces. It is where the United States conducts its most intensive drone campaign, against the Pakistani Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

Amnesty International says the drone strikes in question, in October 2012, killed the children's grandmother and 18 other civilians.

In 317 reported drone strikes carried out in the country since 2008, 2,160 terrorists and 67 civilians have been killed, according to a report from the Pakistani Defense Ministry.

It may not be complete though. The report says no civilians were killed in 2012.

The U.S. government does not comment on individual drone strikes, citing the sensitivity of intelligence matters.

But the Obama administration says the United States is not violating any international laws.

"The administration has repeatedly emphasized the extraordinary care that we take to make sure that counterterrorism actions are in accordance with all applicable laws," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Beacon Strategies Jeremy Bash said the situation is combat.

"And occasionally in combat, sadly and unfortunately, there are times targets are injured and killed. But the intended target in every single one of these operations is a terrorist, or a terrorist training camp," he said.

Bash is a former national security official in the Obama administration who worked for Leon Panetta at both the CIA and Pentagon.

He said there are cameras mounted on drones, and if the operators see that women or children may be impacted by the strike, the mission is scrubbed.

"And one of the ways this operation is so effective is that it can be called off at the very last moment, just as the weapon is about to impact. A missile can be diverted if a child or a woman comes into the shot," Bash explained.

He also said in that lawless part of Pakistan, there is no good alternative to using drones.

"We can't send in tanks. We can't bombard the place with artillery. We can't send in B-2 bombers," he said.

The family of Momina Bibi said she was an innocent victim.

"I couldn't see my mom's face. She was blown to pieces. Whatever remains that they could find, they just put in a box, and that's what we had to bury," Rafiq ur-Rehman said.

Rafiq is Nabila and Zubair's father, a teacher who was working at school when his mother was killed.

He said the U.S. government has given his family no explanation about what happened.

"I've seen President Obama come on TV and say with conviction the American government will continue to use drones. I don't understand why it happened to us. We don't know why they continue, and why it killed my mother and injured my children. We aren't causing harm to anyone," he said.

In May, President Barack Obama publicly revealed the guidelines for using lethal drone strikes overseas.

He said there had to be an imminent threat, no hope of capture, and near certainty that civilians would not be harmed. Rafiq said statements like that motivated him to come to the United States and tell his family's story.

"That's why I came here. I am a teacher and I want to educate, let Americans know that this is hurting innocent people, and there are other ways to find solutions and bring peace," he said.

soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. JJ

    If the drone attacks are legitimate combat, then those carrying out the attacks are legitimate targets. Many of the Military people piloting the drones live in civilian settings. The unavoidable casualties of civilians near our targets, would be the same as those killed in an attack on drone pilots when they are out shopping for groceries or picking their kids up from day care.

    November 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  2. rkfrom ny

    aww...look at the cry babies pakis...they whine and come with their hand out to US...they complain of drones..?? what is their explanation to all the export of terror from their cesspit...? how about them hiding world's most wanted terrorist osama..??? how about taking bilions for US to plan attacks on US in afghan..??? ....no wonder no one takes the sob stories of these pakis seriously...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • rkfrom ny

      It appears that some Tea Partier usurped my name to post that garbage above just to make me look just as stupid as he is! Evidently, he doesn't even have the guts to use his own screen name!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  3. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    This proves that Obama and his right-wing cronies need to be indicted and prosecuted for crimes against humanity at the ICC. What happened to this girl and her grandmother is uncalled for to say the least. I get so aggravated at all these unfeeling, ignorant people here who keep on belching out what a "wonderful" job these monsters are doing! Enough is enough!

    November 1, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
  4. ShiverMeTimbers

    Apartheid Israel is the biggest terrorist state in the Middle East.

    November 1, 2013 at 5:30 am | Reply
  5. Nukazil Foramosh Lactozim

    Dear Nabila and Zubair,
    We are sorry grandmother was hit by a drone strike.
    This has happened because Pakistan harbors and protects Islamic terrorists like Bin Laden and Zawahiri along with hundreds of thousands of their fighters against all International and United Nations laws. Almost always when someone iget's hit by a drone stike, 99.5% of the times they are helping some Islamic Jihadi.

    October 31, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      Quite wrong, Nukazil. These people had to suffer because some jokers in Washington are both trying to be politically "correct" and work for the all powerful M.I.C. in order to get their kickbacks! As long as these heinous drones strikes remain politically popular, they will go on and on! I myself truly am sorry for what this girl had to endure as most of these disgusting warmongers here couldn't possibly care less!!!

      October 31, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  6. WERTWERT32452345

    All these ignorant comments here praising these ungodly drones especially after what happen to this girl and her grandmother truly make me sick to my stomach! How would any of these ignorant fools feel if someone in their family got slaughtered by one of these monsters? I guess they don't have the guts to answer that.

    October 31, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  7. Funguseater

    Hmmm, lets see how many times you can violate a nuclear armed nations airspace, kill its population and not face retaliation at some level. You are only encouraging more attacks against the west.

    October 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Reply
    • Trevor

      The use of Pakistani airspace by U.S. drones is fully coordinated with Pakistani authorities genius...hence ZERO "attacks" either conventional or nuclear by Pakistan on U.S. personnel or bases in Afghanistan or any sort of public "outrage" by Pakistani governmental officials be it at the U.N. or in the media. This "cooperation" has been going on since 9/11...

      October 31, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Reply
      • WERTWERT32452345

        Of course it has, Trevor. Pres. Bush sent his envoy Richard Armitage over to Pakistan shortly after 9/11 and threatened Pervez Mustaffa that Bush will literally bomb Pakistan back into the stone ages if that country failed to play ball with him. This is how Washington does business!

        October 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
      • Trevor

        WERT- Bush didn't "threaten" Pakistan...get a grip. BTW, 17 years active duty USAF and was deeply involved in the C2 planning going into Afghanistan and there weren't any "plans" on the table for airstrikes in Pakistan is they didn't "play ball"...get of whatever you're smoking right now before any further crap comes out of your mouth...

        November 1, 2013 at 11:41 am |
      • ddavid

        Trevor, WERTWERT32452345 is correct. You were asleep when the news broke or on kool-aid.

        November 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
      • Trevor

        david- That was a "he said/she said" issue in which President Musharraf told 60 Minutes that Armitage made this statement to Gen. Mahmoud Ahmad. Just because one side claims the statement was made, doesn't make it true, and coupled with the FACT that I know no plans were on the table to execute and therefore backup this "claimed" statement, I'll stick to my previous claim. You, on the other hand being only privy to what the open source news media gets their hands on can stick with yours...

        November 4, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • anna smith

      Pakistan is a state sponsor of terror, and is the epicenter of terrorism in the world.

      We need MORE drones, not less !!

      October 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • George patton

        Thank you anna, for your display of sheer ignorance. How would you feel if any member of your family was to be on the receiving end of one of those ungodly machines hurling 500 lb. bombs? Not too good, I expect. Then why do you think that it's alright to kill others with these monsters?

        October 31, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
      • Khalid

        You are out of your mind Anna. It is people like you who encourage terrorism. It is USA together with its crony Israel which are the terrorist states. Get real – baby....

        November 1, 2013 at 3:51 am |
      • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

        Thank you both, George and Khalid. It's the kind of ignorance displayed by anna above that is the biggest threat this country faces! We need to start a "war on ignorance" if this country is to survive. Besides, how many people here care about Nabila and her grandmother? Very few do! This kind of ignorance along with the lack of passion exhibited by these right-wing bloggers here is totally disgusting!

        November 1, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  8. George patton

    As Nabila ur-Rehman tells her story, just how many people on Capitol Hill will listen? Unfortunately, these right-wing thugs couldn't care less about what happened to this girl's grandmother let alone the countless other victims of those ungodly drone attacks as long as they receive their kickbacks from the powerful war lobby!!!

    October 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  9. JD

    "And occasionally in combat, sadly and unfortunately, there are times targets are injured and killed. But the intended target in every single one of these operations is a terrorist, or a terrorist training camp," he said.

    ...so, you basically called the kids and the old woman targets, and/or terrorists? Plus you were also sarcastic at the same time?

    October 31, 2013 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • Durundal

      No smart one, what is being alluded to was what is referred to as collateral damage. They love hiding among (and using) civilians, so every so often these kinds of tragedies inevitably occur.

      October 31, 2013 at 10:04 am | Reply
      • ShiverMeTimbers

        The minute that missile hits an innocent civilian, that becomes a criminal action. That is the Israeli fashion, to blame the victim for hitting their missiles.

        November 1, 2013 at 5:31 am |
  10. RogueState

    Obama needs to be arrested for war crimes.

    October 31, 2013 at 2:30 am | Reply
    • Ibn Batuta

      All those shouting for SHARIA law must be arrested for war crimes. My guesstimate is around 80% of your believers, RIGHT.

      October 31, 2013 at 3:17 am | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Gee Ibn Batuta, do you truly harbor that much hate? I feel sorry for you if that's the case! Yes, Barack Obama is truly a war criminal but won't be prosecuted since the spineless ICC is afraid of the right-wing thugs in Washington! He'll go back to Illinois in 2017 and live like a king thereafter!

        October 31, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • George patton

      Thank you, RogueState. I couldn't have said it better!!!

      October 31, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  11. VIRGIN MARY

    Kill Man, Woman, Infant

    "Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." (I Samuel 15:2-3)

    Comment

    October 31, 2013 at 2:00 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      Complete ownership of the authority to direct such actions...next.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Satyagraha

      So you use a Bible verse to argue that it's ok the murder innocents? You're just as bad-and wrong- as the Islam extremists if you truly believe that. You are no 'virgin mary,' she is a symbol of life and creation. You just want to destroy. Read a book other than The Bible. "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

      October 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Please whoever you are, if you have to spew that right-wing nonsense of yours on this web page, could you use a different screen name? Using "VIRGIN MARY" above is truly a sacrilege and is quite blasphemous, especially if you try to justify the death and destruction bought above by these monster drones! Please, cut it out, will you?

      October 31, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  12. WHITEWIDOW

    All 911 truth seekers.http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/wrh_9-11_index.php

    October 31, 2013 at 1:57 am | Reply
    • Kamran Rizvi

      AlQuaeda;s top leader Alzawahri claimed that they will carry out more strikes like 9/11.

      October 31, 2013 at 2:03 am | Reply
      • bl

        http://www.payzzo.com/account.php

        October 31, 2013 at 4:53 am |
  13. aaron

    Keep up the good work. Kill all these evil terrorists. Drones are the best.

    October 31, 2013 at 1:54 am | Reply
    • VIRGIN MARY

      Kill All Unbelievers

      "And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God..." (Deuteronomy 13: 5)

      "If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;" (Deuteronomy 13: 6)

      "Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people." (Deuteronomy 13:8-9)

      "Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword." (Deuteronomy 13:15)

      Comment

      October 31, 2013 at 1:59 am | Reply
  14. aaron

    Muslims killed Christian and Jewish grandmothers on Sept 11. Now it is time for Muslim grandmothers to die.

    October 31, 2013 at 1:52 am | Reply
    • VIRGIN MARY

      Moses' Mass Murder

      "Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." (Numbers 31:16-18)

      October 31, 2013 at 2:01 am | Reply
      • Kamran Rizvi

        Taliban killed more than 50000 PAKISTANIS. Its better to kill them before they kill more.

        Taliban cut the wombs of pregnant women in SYRIA. Now adays USA is arming Taliban to fight against Syrian regime.

        October 31, 2013 at 2:07 am |
    • Kamran Rizvi

      Talibans and AlQuaeda were created and armed by USA in 1980. They were supported by USA until 1988 to fight against USSR.

      Taliban are now supported by USA in Syria to fight against Syrian regime. In 2012 USA transported Taliban from Pakistan.
      Today the same Taliban are killing christians in Syria.
      Taliban are cutting the wombs of pregnant women in Syria. But now USA want to support them again.

      October 31, 2013 at 2:15 am | Reply
      • VIRGIN MARY

        THE WEST ALWAYS USED DIVIDE AND RULE POLICY

        October 31, 2013 at 3:06 am |
  15. heroicslugtest

    Sad story is sad.

    Keep the drones flying, killing terrorists.

    That is all.

    October 31, 2013 at 1:44 am | Reply
    • Kamran Rizvi

      You are right. Taliban killed 50000 Pakistanis.

      USA armed and transported Taliban from Pakistan to Syria to fight against Syrian regime. These Taliban are now cutting the wombs of pregnant women.

      USA armed Taliban in 1980 – 1988 and again they are arming Taliban in Syria 2012 -2013 onwards

      October 31, 2013 at 2:11 am | Reply
      • Ibn Batuta

        Can you explain what DRIVES TALIBAN??? It is ISLAM.

        October 31, 2013 at 2:51 am |
  16. Christian

    Those innocent death are because those who vote on those issues for those attacks to take place. Murderers

    October 31, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
    • surfdog

      this article is typical, lame CNN left wing BS liberalism rhetoric garbage. Please spare us CNN

      October 31, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply
      • Me

        I'm baffled by your reply to this article. If this is left wing Liberal garbage, wouldn't it be patting Obama, their giant bacon of Liberal, on the back?

        October 31, 2013 at 1:48 am |
    • VIRGIN MARY

      Numbers 31
      31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses.
      32 The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep, 33 72,000 cattle, 34 61,000 donkeys 35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.
      36 The half share of those who fought in the battle was:
      337,500 sheep, 37 of which the tribute for the Lord was 675;
      38 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the Lord was 72;
      39 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the Lord was 61;
      40 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the Lord was 32.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:19 am | Reply
      • surfdog

        not sure what your point is

        October 31, 2013 at 1:22 am |
      • SpotOn

        Not sure how this relates in any way to the article. But it is particularly enlightening that 61000 donkeys never slept with a man. Good talk...

        October 31, 2013 at 1:33 am |
  17. Irfan

    To Popseal,
    Let us study the history and correct your record:-
    The Twenty (or so) Worst Things People Have Done to Each Other:

    Rank -Death Toll -Cause –Centuries-Religions/Groups involved*

    1. 63 million Second World War 20C (Christians et al and Communists/atheists vs. Christians et al, Nazi-Pagan and "Shintoists")

    2. 40 million Mao Zedong (mostly famine) 20C (Communism)

    3. 40 million Genghis Khan 13C (Shamanism or Tengriism)

    4. 27 million British India (mostly famine) 19C (Anglican)

    5. 25 million Fall of the Ming Dynasty 17C (Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion)

    6. 20 million Taiping Rebellion 19C ( Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion vs. a form of Christianity)

    7. 20 million Joseph Stalin 20C (Communism)

    8. WW1 and WW2 wars genocide (Christians vs Jews)

    9. 17 million Timur Lenk 14C-15C

    10. 16 million Atlantic Slave Trade 15C-19C (Christianity)

    11. 15 million First World War 20C (Christians vs. Christians)

    12. 15 million Conquest of the Americas 15C-19C (Christians vs. Pagans)

    13. 13 million Muslim Conquest of India 11C-18C

    14. 10 million An Lushan Revolt 8C

    15. 10 million Xin Dynasty 1C

    16. 9 million Russian Civil War 20C (Christians vs Communists)

    17. 8 million Fall of Rome 5C (Pagans vs. Pagans)

    18. 8 million Congo Free State 19C-20C (Christians)

    19. 7½ million Thirty Years War 17C (Christians vs Christians)

    20. 7½ million Fall of the Yuan Dynasty 14C

    Now you can see Islamic aggression and barberry?? you are another Stoopid brainwashed American????.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:54 am | Reply
    • Correction

      Get your facts straight. None of those events you mentioned happened because of what the Christian doctrine teaches. In fact they happened in spite of what the Christian doctrine teaches, not because of it. In complete contrast only Islam kills because of what their doctrine teaches.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:04 am | Reply
      • Trevor

        You're right, pretty sad how folks can't seem to comprehend that people can "label" themselves anything they want, yet it doesn't make them true followers... News flash for these folks...ALL men are sinners and broken, yet their very self-centered arrogance leads them to shift the blame of inexcusable actions of certain people and pin it all on Christ...pathetic and sad.

        October 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm |
    • Ibn Batuta

      Al because of SATANIC DESERT CULT. You get what you ask for.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:07 am | Reply
  18. Himmler

    All those sand n!gg3rs died for Freedom!

    October 31, 2013 at 12:52 am | Reply
  19. jason

    Boring!! Tell her to come back when she gets shot by Taliban, we'll name a day after her.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
    • Karthik

      Ur wrong mate. U should have some respect and concern for this child. Who only seeks peace.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:11 am | Reply
  20. Karthik

    Fighting with terrorist is universal and everyone has to support it. Irrespective of religions. Terrorism cannot be restricted to any particular religion. We have to table a strategy before striking because it could hurt innocents. Can you all answer to that child sufferings? No you cant. Only the child knows the pain. No body does. before supporting the inhumane strikes. Think of your own families. Only thing that can be done at the moment here is to evacuate the civilian population form the disputed area before striking.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • Grow a Brain

      Has Al-Qaeda, the Taliban or any other Islamist terror group ever shied away from an attack because civilians might be injured or killed? No. They'll kill their own if it accomplishes the mission. Those victims are considered martyrs, next stop: Paradise. These "witnesses" were sent here...or summoned here...as tools of the extremists, doing their bidding for their purposes. It's a propaganda tour, and any government official involved should be removed from office. We don't listen to the complaints of the enemy unless we're negotiating their unconditional surrender. We're not stooping to their level, not in any way. We're playing by the rules they themselves play by and understand. These are people that will bomb a school full of girls, simply because the girls are in the school. You win a war by giving no quarter...not by easing up because the other side is unhappy. The drone strikes could stop tomorrow if the villagers turned on the terrorists and dealt with them themselves. A dozen men can beat another to death in no time at all. They could even get lucky, kill the right one, and make millions in reward money too. Opportunity knocks, not just to stop the drone strikes but t rid the country of terrorists and to get rich too. Or they can keep whining into deaf ears. Choose.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:28 am | Reply
      • Kamran Rizvi

        You are right. They specially target women and children. They bomb church as well as mosques. They even kill students in several colleges and universities.

        It is really strange that the real victims, who are attacked and killed by Taliban are not covered any where.

        US provides arm the same Taliban in Syria. They even transported these beasts from Pakistan to Syria.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:50 am |
    • Kamran Rizvi

      Taliban killed 50000 Pakistanis. Yesterday they put a bomb in Quetta, killing 4. They killed PTI supporters who support Taliban.

      In Syria Taliban are cutting the wombs of pregnant women. Taliban are now getting arms from USA to fight Syrian regime. Taliban were created by USA to fight aganst USSR, Now Taliban are again needed by USA to fight in Syria, that is why you are watching such videos and articles to create sympathy for Taliban.

      October 31, 2013 at 2:25 am | Reply
  21. tamtam

    i do not understand how so many beleive every muslim is al-queda or funding them.that's up there with the taliban thinking ALL americans r pure evil.there's evil on both sides, but not from every single person.my heart breaks when a drone flies over my home, n knowing that horrible sound will be the last sound so many innocent ppl will hear b/4 their death.heartfelt condolences & much respect to the families who have endured loss in this tragic war.our soliders deserve much respect for their efforts.salute!

    October 31, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
  22. leadreviewer

    My sympathies to the wounded innocent.
    To the extremists I hope that your days are numbered.

    October 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Reply
    • leadreviewer

      We make every effort to protect civilians.
      Extremists on the other hand target civilians including children as was the case with the young girl Malala in Pakistan.
      The reality is that countries that harbor them should make a point of eliminating them themselves or stop the anti American propaganda such as this is. (again my sympathies to the innocent).

      October 31, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Don

      They should tell them that we murdered over 2 million civilians in Iraq and over 500,000 in Afghanistan. Terrorists cant kill Civilians like we can..beat that al qaieda

      October 31, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
      • Ace

        Right out of the textbook for Leftist 101 (unless you are a humina humina defending your vile religion).

        October 31, 2013 at 1:26 am |
  23. Christian

    Obama is not violating international laws but what about law against humanity. Life

    October 30, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • Karthik

      The Law you seek does not even exist. Have to make new one to protect innocent children and people.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:17 am | Reply
  24. jrob

    I feel terrible for the innocent people who have died as a result of war. I couldn't imagine the pain and suffering they have endured. Unfortunately, civilian casualties have been a part of war since the beginning of history. I am a US citizen and the drone strikes are one of the best weapons we have to defend us against people who would like to destroy our way of life. Therefore i support drone strikes. Its unfortunate, but that's the way it is. Stopping drone strikes will not stop terrorists.

    October 30, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply
    • A Bay

      I do not feel guilty about this at all. It is her father's fault and the government she lives under. Muslims are crazy. We cannot blame people for trying to protect their livelihood with technology.

      October 30, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  25. oharris30

    Muslims hate Americans. Even the ones who live here with their al. queda connections.

    October 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • A Bay

      Great point. I support drone strikes.

      October 30, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • Jarhead4life

      All the more reason for more drones, more sophisticated and deadly. Get our troops out of there and let the drones take care of them.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:19 am | Reply
    • Don

      Oharris we should kill all Non Christians and non jews in the world.. Hitler isn't crazier than we are

      October 31, 2013 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • Ace

      You are spot on. The only reason they are in this country is because our traitor government (Bush too) forced us to move over and make room for these geeks.

      October 31, 2013 at 1:30 am | Reply
  26. lewtwo

    >>"That's why I came here. I am a teacher and I want to educate, let Americans know that this is hurting innocent people, and there are other ways to find solutions and bring peace," he said.<<

    What are they ??

    October 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • Kamran Rizvi

      Tell her that her supporters killed 50000 PAKISTANI including women and children. Kill them all.

      Now Taliban are transported to Syria to fight against Syrian regime. USA created them to fight against USSR, now USA needs them again.

      Taliban are killing Christians in Syria and Pakistan, as well as they kill Muslims. They are armed by US in Syria.

      Taliban are cutting wombs of pregnant women. They kill polio workers.

      October 31, 2013 at 2:31 am | Reply
  27. Shelia

    Obama doesn't know anything about what is going on, so its ok..

    October 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Reply
    • Reddfrog

      I bet Obama will say he doesn't know about the Roswell aliens either.

      October 30, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • Kamran Rizvi

      Obama is arming Taliban to fight against Syria.

      Taliban were created by USA to fight against Iran and USSR in 1980. USA supported Taliban till 1988.

      Now Obama needs them in Syria and he is building sympathies for them

      October 31, 2013 at 2:35 am | Reply
  28. George patton

    drones have brought sense to many terrorists muslim countries.

    October 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Reddfrog

      Yes, a sense of hatred and showing the world the USA is really the great Satan? Drones are not helping USA cause.

      October 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Reply
      • Ibn Batuta

        Yes, that is what ISLAMIST desire, the contrary is true. You get paid by same hatred you tried to justify. It worked in your advantage during dark ages, not any more.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:29 am |
  29. Arnold

    Muslim terrorists!

    October 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Khalid

      Your kind – I presume you are a Christian, have killed more people and are continuing to do so than all Muslims put together – ever. I wonder who the real terrorist are? Check your facts mate before labelling others – you terrorist !!

      October 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
      • Ibn Batuta

        JEWS and CHRISTIANS have overwhelmingly contributed for making this world a better place in all spheres. WHAT HAVE ISLAM CONTRIBUTED other than sending TERROR???

        October 31, 2013 at 1:33 am |
      • Trevor

        Not defending this knucklehead, but you're not much better on "showing your @ss" side of the house... To "presume" as you did = ASSume = insert foot into mouth = fool.

        October 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm |
    • Don

      Christians jews and muslims are all terrorist..all Abrahamic religions, if they all perish the world will be in peace

      October 31, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
  30. Brian

    KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL. Silly monkeys.

    October 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  31. Christian

    Who should go to jail for the death of the innocent people that died during the attack in Pakistan.

    October 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
    • Barasheit

      Obama first – then work your way down, to everyone that advised him to continue killing innocent people, when they UN had already warned him several times.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Reply
      • Anglyn Hays

        The UN seems to grow more useless every day. Many are chasing Obama on this. As the US comes apart the developed nations will seek another forum.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
      • Breezio

        Don't be silly. Barack Hussein Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Just hope he doesn't start using B-52s instead of drones.

        October 30, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • Reddfrog

      Don't ask inconvenient questions especially if you're American, the NSA is listening. You might end up committing involuntary suicide.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Reply
      • Barasheit

        If people don't speak up, what you say will come to pass.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • Josh

      The Pakistani Army General should go to jail. He is the one who is requesting the US to carry out drone strikes. The US has already stated its position: Drone strikes will stop any time Pakistan wants. The Pakistani general is a war criminal.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Reply
      • Reddfrog

        Okay, so you're giving the hitman a free pass. Uhhh......

        October 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
      • Irfan

        well, if tomorrow some ask you to shoot a person then you will do simple bcz. he asks you??? and judge will pardon you???

        October 31, 2013 at 12:36 am |
      • Ibn Batuta

        @IRFAN, civilian laws does not work for terrorist, they understand terror in kind. You cannot play victim to justify your means. You will be called one and slaughtered. Mind you will get what you ask for.

        October 31, 2013 at 1:38 am |
    • oharris30

      let's just start with those who killed the native Americans. in war other is always collateral damage. if you think those people like us think again. why not blame those who put the innocent in harms way? why do they live within the innocent people villages. we blame Obama but it is not us killing those people. it is their leaders, brothers , uncles .

      October 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Reply
      • Reddfrog

        Blow up an entire school to get to the bad people holding the schoolchildren hostages. It's the bad people's fault. So you see how sucky your logic is?

        October 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • Brian

      Chaney, Bush, Obama.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • Jarhead4life

      The same murdering muslims who kill innocent people in Pakistan and else where. If these muslims weren't killing and terrorizing we wouldn't even be there.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:17 am | Reply
  32. oneWayfarer

    The survivors liked HIROSHIMA even less.

    October 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Anglyn Hays

      Or Vietnam. Here's a fine list http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/interventions.html

      October 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  33. oharris30

    they have killed more of their people than we have. who shot the 12 year old girl in the head speaking up for education. these people were killed by their own people for having murderers live among them. I am glad we use drones and not our military young people. thank you Mr. president for No Boots on the ground.

    October 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • Anglyn Hays

      It is statements like this that will get us tried for genocide and war crimes. Thank you.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Reply
    • Reddfrog

      Ok, so you expect these civilians to kick out these heavily armed bandits? Wow! Next time a bank is being held up just use a drone to blow up the entire bank, since its the hostages' fault for not fighting back! Stoopid American.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • Barasheit

      No boots need to be on the ground ANYWHERE except for in our own country. It is freckin time to stop all the senseless killing.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • Christian

      You a killer and deserve death

      October 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Reply
      • Anglyn Hays

        Aw personal threats. You are showing your frustration.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
      • oharris30

        let's see how long you would keep your head over there. I will never forget the American news reporter who was kidnapped and they cut his hate off. I hate mußlims and don't care for them living in my country funding all qeada. I remember 9/11 trying to gate uptown to my child. I will never forgery that day.

        October 30, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
      • oharris30

        typos

        October 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
  34. robert ainge

    cnn..why publish a one sided story look at the great number of soldiers that have died fighting in that area...nobody speaking for them what a sorry job you have done by publishing it

    October 30, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • Barasheit

      They did NOT die in Pakistan. They died in Afganistan, which does not belong to us either. The real terrorist sits in the white house.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  35. Don

    If anything the U.S. should step up efforts to kill as many of these people as possible, so their offspring arent brainwashed into strapping bombs to themselves so they can go see Allah. The only thing they understand throughout history is killing and fear. All your bleeding heart means to them is weakness. Understand this, and think outside of your own mentallity for once bleeding hearts. For your weakness of will we will end up losing this war, and you will be forced to accept Allah or die! We must stand up to terrorist or We Will Lose!

    October 30, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • Anglyn Hays

      At least this liberal is honest about his love of genocide.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Reply
      • Barasheit

        They have turned into animals.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
      • Anglyn Hays

        Americans lack self understanding, we have always committed war crimes like these, then get all righteous over it and hysterical over our young soldiers who commit these crimes.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
      • Barasheit

        The guilt for the war crimes start at the top with the president.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
      • Anglyn Hays

        Agreed. But I would start by frying the small fish first because it will start the process. Many international courts have seen what we do as war crimes and genocide, but it hasn't reached the criminals at the top. I would love to see Bush, , Obama and clinton in the dock at a New Neurenburg.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • Reddfrog

      You reap what you sow. Don't go boo-hooing and making a drama movie next time something gets blown up in USA soil.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
      • Anglyn Hays

        I didn't go boo hoo on 9/11 I did rescue work. I don't approve of this anyway because everyone dies sometime and 3000 dead does not justify this hysteria over a decade later.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
      • Reddfrog

        That was for Don, I meant with his mindset expect attacks to happen in the future and don't act so surprised about it. Hate is a deadly thing.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm |
      • J

        Well 67 civilians killed, that's bad. 2160 terrorists killed, that's good. Civilians make up maybe 3% of the total and are NOT the intended target. When they (for lack of a better word, the bad guys) blow up something in the U.S. it's usually civilians that ARE the target, and any military are the minority. For example, in the 9/11 attacks the military made up about 4% of the total casualties. So while I don't approve of civilians getting hurt, a comparison with the terrorists shows they are worse by a long shot.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
      • Anglyn Hays

        We always say we don't mean the women and children then we kill more. That's disingenious. It makes us liars.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
      • Reddfrog

        J, you really believe in the figures the government is giving you? Why not? The government will never lie! Right? Right???

        October 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
  36. George patton

    9-year old Nabila what does she know her government is doing? Hiding Zawahir and 100s of terrorists.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      That is so true. If Pakistanis stop harboring terrorists, there would be no need for drones.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Reply
    • Barasheit

      Whoever offends one of these children – It would be better for that man, if he never had been born.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  37. Josh

    Every drone strike is requested by the Pakistani government.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Barasheit

      You have to be insane to make such a statement.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  38. Khalid

    Mr. President...
    Remember the 20 children who died in Newtown, Connecticut.
    Remember the 35 children who died in Gaza few months ago from Israeli bombardments.
    Remember the 168 children who have been killed by US drone attacks in Pakistan since 2006.
    Remember the 231 children killed in Afghanistan in the first 6 months of last year.
    Remember the 400 other children in the US under the age of 15 who die from gunshot wounds each year.
    Remember the 921 children killed by US air strikes against insurgents in Iraq.
    Remember the 1,770 US children who die each year from child abuse and maltreatment.
    Remember the 16,000 children who die each day around the world from hunger.
    These tragedies must end and so should your 'illegal' drone strikes in Pakistan.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • Obama

      It's not going to happen.

      October 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Reply
      • Anglyn Hays

        It will when you run out of fuel.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
    • kyour

      dead muslims are good muslim, they can't hurt anyone anymore!

      October 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Reply
      • Reddfrog

        Thw way USA is making enemies left and right soon it won't be just Muslims.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
      • Anglyn Hays

        True, our silver haired government seems determined to ruin our reputation.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
      • Khalid

        So are the dead Americans, British, French, Israeli and on and on...Your IQ must be pretty low for you to make such a stupid and a silly comment.

        October 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • Brian

      To our President....don't ever, ever forget the fugitive, Osama Bin Laden, that the Pakistanis let live within their country, don't ever forget the terrorists that STILL live there today, don't ever forget the thousands that were killed on 9/11...men, women and children....killed in the name of a religion that is, at best, pitiful for allowing these types to live under their banner.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Reply
      • Khalid

        How can the President forget Osama Bin Laden....He was the friend of the US and created, armed and supported by the US. His dead body was never shown and presumbly he lived in the basement of the White House until his demise if he truly is dead........

        October 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • jupiterkolp

      Khalid, it seems like you're forgetting an awful lot of dead children. Children murdered by Al Qaeda in suicide bombings, children murdered by the Taliban, female children raped and murdered by their 50 year old "husbands", Israeli children murdered by Palestinian infiltrators and suicide bombers, millions of children in Muslim countries dying of starvation and neglect in endless civil wars. Khalid, it seems like you have a very selective memory.

      October 30, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
      • Khalid

        I don't have a selective memory. The truth is always bitter and hard to swallow. It is time the US and its western cronies come to their senses and stop interfering in the affairs of other countries Islamic or not. What right does the US has to be the policman of the world. A bankrupt nation, It should fix its internal problems first...

        October 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
  39. achepotle

    Maybe they should have thought of that before they gave pita and hummus to our enemies...hit them again...harder....

    October 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • Reddfrog

      So if armed bandits barged into your house and asks for food, you can either not give it to them and get shot, or the SWAT team should shoot you for giving the bandits food. Stooopid American.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Reply
    • Barasheit

      Hit Grandma again, harder? Liberals = Hitler

      October 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • Christian

      Obama is not violating international laws but what about law against humanity. Life

      October 30, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        Obama is not held accountable for anything. He drew the red line, didn't send help when needed, knew about the iRS, and knows Obamacare is flawed all the way through. History will show the truth, I hope, the worst president in history. a Liar and a cheat with no character at all. He can't be trusted nor can his party.

        October 31, 2013 at 12:41 am |
  40. li-bri

    9/11 was revenge for the USA's pro-war ways.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • Brian

      You mean the country that almost everyone comes running to when they are in trouble....including Muslims in Libya, Tunisia, Syria and the list goes on and on....the country that basiclly single handedly keeps your flow of goods and services running through our protection of the oil that lubes the entire globe? That country? We protect our economy like any country with the means does....and you might hit us every once and a while but you won't make a habit of it for long.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Reply
      • Reddfrog

        Yes, protect your economy by sending all of your oh so patriotic businesses and factories to China. Stoopid brainwashed American.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • Reality check please

      Of course, before that Bin Laden was growing flowers with the Taliban, such a peace loving group.

      October 31, 2013 at 12:06 am | Reply
  41. mona

    surely , theres something we can do to stop this . killing civilians for few bad men ?

    October 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Reply
    • Epa1

      A few bad men? 2160 is a lot more than a few. How many innocent civilians would those terrorist have killed if the drones did not get them first. One well placed car bomb could kill more innocent civilians than all of the drone attacks combined.

      October 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Reply
      • Barasheit

        Except, it is Obama that is killing Women, children and Grandmas. He is the only terrorist that is being talked about here.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
      • Anglyn Hays

        Obama would be a lovely catch, and with the revelations of NSA spying, more countries are losing patience. I am quite hopeful.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
  42. Pandasi

    Nathan is a child that needs more love at home. Most other people can find sympathy for the victims depicted in the article.

    October 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  43. Willie

    The hate shown in some of the comments already show why Homer said more than 2,000 years ago "Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing, and dancing sooner than war."

    War will never stop because of the hate and ignorance, some of which is depicted above. Both sides think they're right, but in reality everyone loses out.

    October 30, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Reply
    • Sajid

      Exactly right..

      October 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Ibn Batuta

      TOTALLY AGREE< you can never DANCE in SANDS on a hot summer day in ARABIA. You can fight in nights like treacherous Bedouins.

      October 31, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply
      • Ibn Batuta

        ....like you said, never get BORED.

        October 31, 2013 at 2:55 am |
  44. JASC92

    what could 8 year old girl possibly do to deserve this? she didn't sow anything-

    October 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  45. nathan

    Yawn....zzzz.
    These fkers reap what they sow.

    October 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
    • nathan

      And then turn around and try to put on a big sympathy act. BOO HOO you little piggie.

      October 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Reply
    • Name: (required)

      serve them right

      October 30, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • JASC92

      what could 8 year old girl possibly do to deserve this? she didn't sow anything-

      October 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Reply
    • li-bri

      Like the USA sowed 9/11?

      October 30, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  46. Random

    Tell the people shooting up malls, flying planes into buildings, etc al. Drone strikes don't just happen for no reason. You have all the power to stop those attacks and thus stop the drones. There were children in the WTC too. This is the tragic consequences of your chosen actions.

    October 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • sam

      So, because some people from Saudi Arabia attack the WTC, your country bombs people in Pakistan? And how can teachers and farmers in Northern Pakistan stop what is happened with the mall attack? You are not making any sense. Unless instead of Pakistanies, you are talking about Muslims in general. Fine. Christians are killing people who they think are witches in Africa. So, should somebody bomb a church in Kansas? By your logic, yes.

      October 30, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Reply
      • nathan

        Yes, bomb a church, bomb a mosque, stop the uneducated fairy tale believing idi0ts from breeding more r3tard3d Children.
        Allah hu monkey bar.

        October 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
      • Random

        Your response shows how little you understand the dynamics of what is going on. Don't worry, it is not an insult, I would say less then 5 % of the world realizes what is happening. By now it is common knowledge that regardless of what country, it is the same groups of people we fight. There are two options to respond to being attacked. Invade, track, capture the people, or targeted strikes. Not responding is not an option. That being known we are doing everything we can to minimize damage. Infrastructure, and lives. In 1942 the reaction to something like this would include daily bombing raids involving hundreds of planes devastating entire cities and killing millions. No country in the world puts as much effort into minimizing deaths than we do. Simply not acting when they blow us up , ie sacrificing yourself so you can feel morally superior doesn't count because inaction makes you as culpable as doing it.

        October 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
      • David

        Where did we find Bin Laden? In Saudi Arabia? Wow...news to me.

        October 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
      • Neman

        Random, don't forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic bombings in 1945.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
      • Neman

        The war always hurt innocent people. So let's say NO TO WAR.

        October 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
    • JASC92

      if your elected congressmen don´t listen to there own people. what makes you think that violent jihadist would consider listening?

      girl: please stop bombing people.

      Taliban: oh, OK.

      October 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • billy bob

      What about innocent to proven guilty?
      What about due process?
      What about a foreign country (the US) invading her country? T
      ell me what she personally has done wrong.

      The most war mongering nation in the world since the 2nd world war tries to justify killing non US individuals on foreign soil where there has been no declaration of war. That my friends is called murder.

      The US came out about Syria killing children, how is that different to what the US is doing?

      October 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply
    • Willie

      "This is the tragic consequences of your chosen actions" That's what the terrorists say before they attack Americans as well. Not saying the terrorists are right. Just saying you're all wrong.

      October 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
      • Name: (required)

        the strong won the weak perish.
        its natural selection

        October 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Sammy

      But then based on your comment Muslims will turn around and say pretty much the same thing..i.e "Stop installing and backing oppressive regimes on our lands, stop stealing our resources, stop carrying bombing campaigns, stop occupying our lands, stop carrying out assassinations, stop issuing sanctions". The U.S military didn't enter the Middle East on 9.11, they have been conducting missions and interfering in this region for decades, if you don't know this, you have much to learn about the U.S foreign policy.

      "Our enemies are being driven to attack us not based on their hatreds of our freedoms and prosperity's, but rather a deeply flawed foreign policy that has caused justified grievance". – Ron Paul of Texas.

      October 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Reply
      • popseal

        The siege of Vienna was broken, 1683. The West won that day. There was no Israel, European colonialism, or cultural intrusions. There was only the crazy Muslims on another trumped up revenge effort. It took 350 years of Islamic aggression before the First Crusade was mounted in 1000 A.D. "We must not fight them at all or fight them forever", was the warning when U.S. Marines were sent to defeat the slave trading ship stealing Muslim Barbary Pirates "....to the shores of Tripoli" recalls the Marine Corps Hymn. Marine Corp officers today carry a sword patterned after the scimitar presented from Islamic leaders in Tripoli at the end of the 18th Century
        CNN and PBS do not want us to remember any of this...........................

        October 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
    • li-bri

      9/11 was retaliation for your decades of war-mongering.

      October 30, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
      • vanya

        and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and these drone attacks are in retaliation for 9/11...and so it goes

        October 31, 2013 at 1:28 am |
      • wroberts@bigpond.net.au

        Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Most Afghans couldn't find the US on a map. The 9/11 hijackers were Saudis living in Germany. BinLaden was in Afghanistan because the CIA paid him to go there.

        October 31, 2013 at 2:32 am |

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