December 18th, 2009
12:41 PM ET

Around the Web: Drone strikes in Pakistan

A suspected U.S. drone strike killed three people Friday in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, a local official said.

The missile strike occurred in the village of Datta Khel, said a North Waziristan political official.

This strike comes a day after two attacks left 15 dead in the same area. On Thursday, a drone fired eight missiles killing two suspected militants, a local political official said.

Hours later, another strike killed 13 people and destroyed two houses and two cars, according to intelligence officials, who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

More reporting on the drone strikes: Dawn; Washington Post; New York Times.

Ahmed Rashid has a story in the New York Daily News about how “the Taliban is countering the U.S. surge.”

“The Taliban's riposte to President Barack Obama's speech on Afghanistan – posted on their Web site days after the speech, but largely ignored since by Western media – leaves one gobsmacked,” Rashid writes.

“There is no mention of Islamic law or jihad. Instead the statement reads like a Washington left-wing think tank's critique of U.S. policy, highlighting the mistakes made by the United States since 2001.”

Some other news and perspectives:

- G.D. Bakshi (Times of India): “Call Pakistan’s bluff

- George Packer (The New Yorker): “Afghanistan revisited

- Joseph Nye (The Daily Star): "Barack Obama's foreign policy isn't bad, but the grading continues"

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