SANAA, Yemen, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- An airstrike carried out by a U.S. drone killed 13 civilians, including three women, the Yemen Post and Xinhua reported Sunday.
The Yemeni newspaper said its sources said the drone attack occurred Sunday at Rada in Baidhai province, striking a car carrying at least 13 people. The victims were not associated with al-Qaida or other terrorists, the Post said.
China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported a provincial police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told it an unmanned U.S. aircraft was to blame for the strike.
"The U.S. drone strike missed its suspected al-Qaida target and mistakenly hit two vehicles in the Yemeni city of Rada in Baidai province, killing up to 13 civilians, including two women," the official told Xinhua by phone.
"The targeted al-Qaida leader, Raouf al-Dhahab, survived the attack as his car was far from the scene."
Meanwhile, the Yemeni Defense Ministry said al-Qaida leader Khalid Batais died in an airstrike Friday along with eight other militants, the Post said.
Militant Commander Likely Killed in Drone Strike: U.S.
U.S. officials said today that an American drone strike likely took out a top commander of a powerful militant group the U.S. says is responsible for deadly, high-profile terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.
Badruddin Haqqani, described by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point as the "chief of operations" of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, had been reported killed last week in a drone strike. After those reports, however, a Taliban spokesperson denied Badruddin's death, saying in an email to reporters that he was alive and well in Afghanistan.
Today two U.S. officials, including a senior American diplomat, told ABC News that the U.S. government believes Badruddin was among those killed in an Aug. 21 drone strike.
"This is a significant loss from the Haqqani network as [Badruddin] was an operational leader behind a number of the group's high-profile attacks, including the attacks against the U.S. Embassy in Kabul," an American official said, apparently referring to an assault on the embassy in September 2011.
A spokesperson for Afghanistan's interior minister said Monday officials there believe Badruddin was killed in the strike, calling his "elimination" a "major blow and serious setback to the Haqqani network," according to a Reuters report.
Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed the death to The Associated Press and told ABC News they had heard from area locals the Haqqani commander had been killed. However, the Pakistani intelligence officials said they didn't personally "have any knowledge of it."
Last May Badruddin Haqqani was added to the U.S. State Department's list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists. The U.S. government said he ran kidnapping operations for the Haqqani network and was the one responsible for holding New York Times reporter David Rohde hostage before the reporter made a dramatic escape in 2009. There is evidence Badruddin also personally directed the deadly attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul in 2011, according to the CTC.
Badruddin's father, Jalaluddin, is the founder of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network and the U.S. government alleges Badruddin's brother, Sirajuddin, maintains close ties with al Qaeda. Both have been designated terrorists and the State Department is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to Sirajuddin's capture.
The State Department says the Haqqanis are at the "forefront of insurgent activity in Afghanistan" and a recent report by the CTC describes the Haqqani network as a ruthless and somewhat sophisticated terror organization.
"The Haqqanis employ violence and intimidation to extort legal firms and prominent community members, and engage in kidnap for ransom schemes," the report says. "The Haqqanis also appear to operate their own front companies, many of which appear to be directed at laundering illicit proceeds... [T]he Haqqanis have evolved into an efficient, transnational jihadi industry, one which supports their war effort, and which is supported by it."
"The broad range of business activities in which the Haqqanis engage suggest that the pursuit of wealth and power may be just as important to network leaders as the Islamist and nationalistic ideals for which the Haqqanis claim to fight," it says.
SLAMABAD – An unmanned American aircraft fired missiles at a vehicle in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan Tuesday, killing five suspected militants and injuring two, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
The strike was part of a spike in American drone attacks, which have drawn official Pakistani criticism in the past. The spurt of drone action threatened to add tensions to relations between the two allies, just as they appeared to be improving.
The latest drone strike came near Shana Khora village in North Waziristan, two officials said.
They said the area of the drone attacks is dominated by anti-U.S. militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.
Bahadur's group is known for frequent attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but generally it does not carry out operations inside Pakistan. Several recent drone strikes have killed militants affiliated with Bahadur's group.
Tuesday's was the third drone attack in North Waziristan within three days. On Sunday, drone-fired missiles killed 10 suspected militants in two strikes 12 hours apart.
The covert CIA drone program has drawn strong criticism in Pakistan. Pakistani officials charge such strikes violate their country's sovereignty. Many Pakistanis complain that the strikes kill innocent civilians.
The U.S. insists that drone strikes are essential to combat militant groups, like al-Qaida. There is evidence that despite their critical public stance, the Pakistanis have sometimes quietly condoned the drone attacks.
The U.S. complains that the Pakistani army has carried out offensive against militants in all other tribal regions, but not North Waziristan. The area has become a safe haven for militants, who use it as a base to attack American and other NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
Pakistan has resisted U.S. pressure for action in North Waziristan, saying its military is already overtaxed by fighting in other parts of the country. Analysts have said Pakistan does not want to engage militant groups that could be allies in Afghanistan after foreign forces leave. NATO is due to hand over security responsibility to Afghan forces at the end of 2014.
Relations hit a snag after American airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November. Pakistan closed down the main NATO supply route to Afghanistan in response. The route was re-opened only seven months later, in July, after the U.S. apologized, and ties began to improve.
Also Tuesday, a roadside bomb targeting a security convoy killed at least one civilian and wounded eight others in southwestern Pakistan.
Senior police officer Abdul Majid Bhatti said no soldiers were hurt in the attack on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.
No group claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on nationalists who have waged an insurgency in Baluchistan for decades, demanding autonomy and a larger share of the province's natural resources. They often target Pakistani security forces.
Pakistan's foreign ministry condemned the latest drone attack.
"Pakistan has consistently maintained that these attacks are a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and are in contravention of international law," the ministry said in a statement.
Drone attacks are very unpopular in Pakistan, where they are seen as a violation of the country's sovereignty and responsible for the deaths of innocent civilians. The U.S. maintains the targeted strikes are directed against militants and necessary to combat groups like al-Qaida.
The United States D.R.O.N.E. Kill List Obituaries
Notice and think about something after reading.
We are having a drone war!!
The American Public doesn't even have to be aware that the United States
can wage a war against an entire nation with out the people even knowing,
because there are no manned ships or planes.
So one man could through computer software
be in control of an entire army of remote controlled planes , ships, tanks, and humanoid robots.
Think About it !!
US drone kills seven militants in Pakistan
Ten militants were killed on Monday in a similar attack in Shawal area of North Waziristan. In a drone attack at the start of July, six militants were killed and an attack on June 4 killed 15 militants, including senior Al-Qaeda figure Abu Yahya al-Libi.
"It is not immediately clear if there was an important militant killed in the attack."
The toll might rise as militants search for colleagues buried under the rubble of the compound, the official said, adding that missiles also hit and destroyed two militant vehicles.
Local intelligence officials confirmed the attack and casualties.
"US drones fired six missiles into a militant compound. At least seven militants were killed," a security official told AFP.
In Sunday's attack, the second in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, missiles struck a compound in Khushhali Turikhel village of the troubled North Waziristan tribal district, which lies on the border with Afghanistan.
A US drone attack Sunday killed at least seven militants in Pakistan, officials said, days before the country's intelligence chief visits Washington with the contentious raids likely to be discussed.
The Sunday morning article in the Tampa Bay Times (NY Times-Southern Edition) says the government is deploying drones over the midwest farming areas, and to be used to search for missing children. It also stated by the end of this decade the government will have 30,000 in the sky.
in usa militant is called demonstrator i bet .. the appalling murder by drone continues even to the astounding clear statement " not clear if....." thats just legal murder brought to you by the champions of death===THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX ==so warned quite well by some guy named Eisenhowe