Officials: Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 17 in Pakistan's tribal region
Pakistani demonstrators with a U.S. flag during protests in Multan January 3, 2013 against the drone attacks in tribal areas.
January 7th, 2013
03:26 AM ET

Officials: Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 17 in Pakistan's tribal region

By Shaan Khan

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed 17 people and wounded three Sunday in Pakistan's volatile tribal region, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strike occurred in Babar Ziarat, which borders the Pakistani provinces of North and South Waziristan, near the Afghan border, the officials said.

Those killed and injured in the strike were believed to be militants, the officials said.

The attack follows two suspected U.S. drone strikes in the same area last week that killed 15 people, including a Taliban commander with ties to the Pakistani military.

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  1. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    January 8, 2013 at 3:45 am | Reply
    • Observer

      Hear, hear!

      January 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  2. Rehmat

    Recently all the Pakistani trolls have started coining up the term "Tea Partier" in all their blog comments, to fool American public that they are some American and posting political and strategical anti American comments.
    Here is a beautiful poem dedicated to all Pakistanis.

    pak is the world's cesspit
    even arabs throw them nothing but spit
    US drone is pak's national bird
    pak is a failure that is now called the planet's turd..

    January 7, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply
  3. Carlson

    This story here is truly nauseating. I'm very sick and tired about the right-wing news media saying that these cursed strikes killed "militants" only. Does anyone in their right mind believe that when a 500 lb. bomb hits the ground and explodes, that the shrapnel is going to discriminate who it hits and does not hit? Only a mindless Tea Partier would believe that drivel!

    January 7, 2013 at 11:19 am | Reply
    • Observer

      Another forgery, when will stop using other people names to front your lies. Carlson would never put such a post up if you were to read any of his posts you would know how obvious you look. Simple Simon says blockoff.

      January 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Reply
      • Star-Spangled Bullsh!t

        I'll bet that you and the "real" Carlson take long walks on the beach together while holding hands and discussing your xenophobic fear of all things non-white and "foreign".

        January 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
      • Observer

        SSB I don't even know the person, just pay attention to what people say, but if your jealous, well go cuddle up to a sheep and let your jealousy float away. Remember look up. 🙂

        January 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
  4. jonny

    for people who hate the us so much they seem to have a handy supply of flags to burn, idiots

    January 7, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • Homer

      With 16 stars and 11 stripes. Made in Sheepmateistan of course.

      January 7, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • Star-Spangled Bullsh!t

      What you say makes no sense whatsoever.

      January 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Reply
      • Observer

        Don't worry they have lots of those drones left SSB, they will find will you as well. 🙂

        January 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • Star-Spangled Bullsh!t

        Oh, I'm sure "they" know all that there is to know about me – and yourself as well. Enjoy your ever-increasing police state, clover-boy.

        January 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  5. jonny

    keep up the good work plenty to go but a good start

    January 7, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Gee whiz jonny, you sound like another mindless Tea Partier spewing out your love for those killer drones of yours! How would you fell if anyone in your family were to be on the receiving end of one of those cursed machines? Not to good, I expect!

      January 7, 2013 at 10:20 am | Reply
      • Observer

        Gee whiz LG sounds like you support these animals, sounds like they missed you today, but golly there is always tommorow. 🙂

        January 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  6. SayanIndia

    Why this country (Pakistan) is always in the news for wrong reasons;)?


    January 7, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply
  7. George Patton

    Here we go again murdering more people in Pakistan with those ungodly drones and we're supposed to be a Christian nation and be looked up to by the rest of the world! This barbarity is a national disgrace to say the least!!! And the public likes it too! This is quite ludicrous.

    January 7, 2013 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • Jim

      Pakistani joker, run back into your cave before the drone gets you.

      January 7, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • Star-Spangled Bullsh!t

        Why are you wasting precious time commenting on this blog when you could be b@lls-deep in your little sister?

        January 7, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
      • Observer

        Jim you have the right idea, and SSB, don't worry they'll get to you soon enough. 🙂

        January 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
    • Observer

      Lots and lots of ammo left, you won't be left out, so don't feel bad.

      January 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  8. Ray

    Other news reported that the drone got the Pakistani "Suicide Wing Chief". Oh my, my... That breaks my heart. What are the Pakistanis going to do now without a suicide wing chief? All those little kids and teens whose only dream was to die as a suicide bomber will only grow up with their dream shattered. Poor Pakistanis. So sad.

    January 7, 2013 at 7:39 am | Reply
  9. Mark

    "Taliban commander with ties to the Pakistani military". These terrorists had ties with the Pakistani military!! No wonder they were hiding bin Laden close to a military base near their capital city.

    January 7, 2013 at 7:26 am | Reply
  10. salman

    well these drones are like anti virus which cleans system files but corrupt hole windows and usa will see in future

    January 7, 2013 at 6:56 am | Reply

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