Resumed US drone attacks in Pakistan
Hellfire missile attachment on the MQ-9 Reaper drone at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada
January 10th, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Resumed US drone attacks in Pakistan

CNN has confirmed what’s believed to be the first U.S. drone attack inside Pakistan since CIA drone operations were suspended after a U.S. military border incident in November that inadvertently killed two dozen Pakistani troops.

It’s been confirmed that an American drone fired two missiles at a suspected militant compound in Pakistan's tribal region on Tuesday near the Afghan border outside Miranshah in the North Waziristan region. Several suspected militants are believed to have been killed.

The attack was first reported by AFP.

The CIA does not openly acknowledge its drone operations, but it’s widely understood that it is the CIA and not the U.S. military that strikes inside Pakistan.

Filed under: CIA • drones • Pakistan
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  6. Sayan Majumdar

    Somebody needs to report to Lockheed Martin authorities that instead of their product (Hellfire) their “rival” Raytheon product (Paveway) is being displayed ;).


    January 12, 2012 at 7:03 am | Reply
  7. mipolitic

    yes you got the bad guys , but may i suggest that the world is full of bad guys but as a nation exstends its presence and military operations and out post and bases the greater the opportunity of coming in contact with the bad guys will be and also the bad guy will plan and try to act out. while all of this is happening the people of the world and nations involved become blind to the bad guys and veiw the powerful military as a imposing force. iran is a threat , and an enemy that supports terrorist , but if these drone attacks as right as they may seem continue the nation of pakistan will fracture, the military will be fractured into pro taliban and anti taliban and the gov will fall and pakistan along with afghanistan will become an enemy of usa. there was lots of bad guys in cuba and other places through the years but things change. 10 years and counting the taliban is now expanding into opening offices in other countries. iran is a threat , pakistan and afghanistan are tic off , do not push these two over the edge to becoming an enemy of the west.

    January 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  8. krm1007

    Thank you Pakistan for sacrificing hundreds of thousands of lives, billions of $, suffering economic damage, -ve cultural/ social effects in fighting this war against terror to make the world safe. Your contributions will never be forgotten and wont be in vain. A Big Thank You. Gracias. Shukrun.

    January 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  9. AlexShch

    ...And is there any reaction from Pakistani?

    January 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • Mister Jones

      Just smoking craters and silence ...

      January 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • Sanchanim

        Silence because they have nothing to say. The US has resumed Drone flights in Pakistan and their government is just doing nothing. They have their own internal issues to deal with.

        January 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  10. victory

    war between pakistan terrorists were limited when pakistan was cooperating with us fighting terrorists. now that pakistan has abandoned u.s and colaborating with china, u.s and cia are in direct confrontation with pakistan to fight terrorists and pak soldiers. this may bring war in china's border unless china cooperates with u.s in fighting terrorists in pakistan and afganistan.

    January 11, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • Vince gates

      "Hellfire missile attachment on the MQ-9 Reaper drone at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada"
      Incorrect, that is a GBU-12, 500 lb laser guided bomb with an inert computer control group. Not a hellfire missile that is on the weapon station of the drone.

      January 11, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
      • C.Brown

        I was about to say just about the same thing LOL! I spent 4 of my 8 years in the Marine Corps as an F.O. while with 2/6 WPNS Co. 81's plt. I knew that wasn't a hellfire but wasn't exactly sure what it was as I was just use to seeing them fall from thy sky.

        January 11, 2012 at 11:05 am |
      • Sayan Majumdar

        @ C. Brown, well as a Forward Observer at Marine Corps it is incidentally you who often used to designate targets or provide the target coordinates.


        January 12, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  11. Bob

    There is no difference between American terrorists and Taliban terrorists, They both kill people without any trials.

    January 11, 2012 at 5:25 am | Reply
    • Indy Jim

      Throwing acid in the faces of young girls simply walking to school told me all I needed to know about the Tally Band. Ok to be a religous fellow, but when your own beliefs require you to insist that everyone else believe as you do or be punished as a result, trouble will happen. So I disagree with you there Bob.

      January 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  12. Sanchanim

    Yeah the drone pilots need more air time! Glad to see they are getting them back into the rotation. With the larger global hawks we can be anywhere anytime and stay on station for 24 hours or longer. No troops needed on the ground as was mentioned before.

    January 11, 2012 at 1:51 am | Reply
  13. Richard Cheeseman

    One day the assassins of the CIA state terrorist network and the criminal US regime officials who direct them will face justice for these death squad murders.

    January 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
    • richard smith

      chessman if you have loved ones alive today and tomorrow who do you thank? You unworthy ASS!

      January 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
    • michaelfury

      Don't hold your breath.

      January 11, 2012 at 7:55 am | Reply
    • sheela

      that day is not far...death comes to all

      January 11, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
    • C.Brown

      One day the terrorists that operate out the Paki tribal region will "face justice for these death squad murders." Oh yeah thats right they just did face justice LOL!

      January 11, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • mipolitic

      well richard i wonder , if you live within north america and enjoy its freedoms and security and ems personal to asist you through a simple phone call . and enjoy the right to freedom of speech that we are practising here. than perhaps a little respect is in order for those that defend even you. there is two sides too the story , the facts are one side and lies and crimes on the other.

      January 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  14. Sayan Majumdar

    The aforesaid photograph needs IMMIDEATE CORRECTION.

    It is not a Hellfire missile but a Paveway series Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) used as Precision Guided Munitions (PGM).


    January 10, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • Hahahahahahahahahaha

      As long as it goes boom!!!. Who cares? Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
    • Sanchanim

      Ha!! your right Sayan, good catch!!!

      January 11, 2012 at 1:48 am | Reply
  15. chris

    The beauty of it is, we can KILL those terrorists without risking our troops. And when enough people get tired of it, maybe they'll think twice before they attack us again.

    January 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  16. Richard

    Thats not a Hellfire Missile...

    January 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  17. rk from NY

    when the begging bowl is empty the paki isi itself will beg US tp restart drones so that they get much for pak and its soverignity...

    January 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply

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