April 15th, 2010
07:51 AM ET

Drone strike kills 4 suspected militants in Pakistan

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed four suspected militants Wednesday night, two Pakistani intelligence sources and a local political official told CNN.

The officials said the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a vehicle near Anbar Shaga, a village 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) west of Miranshah in North Waziristan. It is one of seven districts in Pakistan's troubled tribal belt along the Afghan border.

The officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak on the record. The United States has carried out 26 drone strikes this year, according to a CNN count. All have targeted North Waziristan or its border with South Waziristan.

U.S. officials normally do not comment on suspected drone strikes, which have caused tension between Pakistan and the United States in the past.

- Journalist Nasir Dawar contributed to this report.

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  8. Harleymama

    This is for all the unpractical fools or fascist pretenders: The terrorist machine is churning terrorist "Made in India" all raw material used is "Authentic Indian" but manufactured in Afghanistan for cost effectiveness. The end product is a "terrorist" engineered by the the "Indian terror machine". All up and running, for its anti human warfare within the Pakistan territories with the hopes of destabalizing the country.
    Also India is afraid of the northern Pakhtun population of Pakistan, so it wants them eliminated labelling them as terrorist ( ofcourse there would be no terrorist in that region without Indian funding and training pouring conveniently through it's numerous offices in Afghanistan). Maybe this is a one big rude awakeining for the simple people to wake up and get smart against the enemy – expose the enemy. According to certain news media and news report, the foreign/Indian plot is unfolding. What a Fasade, the same old game India has been playing with Pakistan since its inception. The hard reality now is that Pakistan is getting used to these abusive games and the world either ignorantly or deliberately is buying the Indian propoganda. The other reality is that the longer India goes unchecked by the International community, the more Hard Core and Cast Iron Tough Pakistan will get for self preservation. As a result, it may lose it's democracy and get milatarized for high level security reasons. It has happened before and it can happen again. And the irony is that the public will happily welcome it for the sake of preserving their livlihood and Security. For Pakistan , as the saying goes – "When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going".

    April 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shakespear

    An equally strong third party is needed for a healthy competition. Otherwise it's same old, same old with a different twist.
    Comprende? . . . Kapish?

    April 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kirov

    What a "wonderful job" those ungodly drones are doing.

    April 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Josh

    Hey Joe imagine if every day some muslims were ploting to destroy your entire city and kill as many civilians as posible, oh wait they are!

    April 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. roy

    It is so easy to complain when terrorist are killed.....Do they deserve it? He– YES!!!!!!

    April 22, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mattski

    Sorry if I fit one of the labels in posts 1 or 2, but GO GO GO and keep going until Bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri are captured or killed.

    April 22, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brandon

    Death and destruction is never a good thing no matter the source or rationale. Sure these drones hit some terrorists, but what about the numerous innocent civilains and wrongful deaths at the hands of these drones? The leaked footage of a botched shooting of the reporters? If we recreate 9/11 in a foreign country are we better than the attackers or just perpetuating the the evils man has always perpetrated against man

    April 22, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Veteran

    I am glad we finally have a President who is taking this issue seriously. The drones need to keep flying. This war is a must win. I just wish Bush would have followed this course years ago instead of dragging us into Iraq.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  16. paublus americanus

    The drones are the pointy end of the spear. We are fighting a dedicated enemy, which has subverted N & S Waziristan with infidel animals. The number of deaths in this area by the people who run in after the strike and look around at the nieghborhood to single out people they think have pinpointed them is what I feel tragic. Every drone strike is one less Osama Bin Laden follower, or maybe 5. Wait and when they are meeting, then get them coming & going & at their conference. I feel the billionare Saudis who are footing the bill should have drones circling over their houses also.

    April 22, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  17. obamaliar

    I love droning on about the drones. They're great

    April 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dave in Austin

    It is regretable that these attacks are necessary, but I applaud the Obama administration for using this tool to strike at Al Qaeda and the Taliban within Pakistan. The US will never be able to extricate itself from Afghanistan if our enemies have a safe haven in Pakistan. I very much hope that the administration continues to find ways to pressure the Pakistani government to bring an end to the on-going support that the Taliban receives from the Pakistani intelligence service, the ISI.

    I'm a Democrat, and by many measures, a liberal and I support the war against Al Qaeda, the organization that has murdered thousands of Americans–and thousands of others. And I support the war against the Taliban, who allowed Al Qaeda to operate freely in Afghanistan.

    As the president said in his Nobel address, evil does exist in the world. We must oppose it.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. krugman

    I like your take on this DaveG.....

    April 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Greg

    I expect a lot of left-wing fools crying every time a terrorist is killed by drone.

    "Oh, but they're against the USA. So they might be not as bad after all." Right?

    April 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Joe

    imagine if every day Chinese drones attacked random suspected drug houses in rough neighborhoods in America. Every so often, the drones would misfire and blow up a small American town.

    Would any of you be for it?

    Of course not. You're all a bunch of chickenhawk yuppies who don't care if civilians are being killed every day in our name.

    You'll quickly make it a RIGHT WING or LEFT WING thing when both your sides do the same thing. Go back to your 24/7 constant entertainment.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Mike

    I'm an atheist moderate who sometimes aligns with the republicans and sometimes with the democrats. I'm all for these drones. They are the future of warfare. Ten to twenty years from now will make what were doing now seem like childs play. We'll get to a point where the battlefield has no people, just robots and drones. The only worry I have is, it easier to use them if there are no threat of casualties on our side.

    April 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Charles Morris

    the drones are the best way to conduct the war – I think the US needs to manufacture thousands of these robot warriors.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. TexInVA

    I'm a flaming ultra-liberal but I do know that this is a necessary war. Unlike the one in Iraq. The Taliban harbored Bin Laden and his ilk for many years so they deserve what they got. But you can stop with the liberal vs conservative bunk. Liberals are against the war in Iraq, not the one in Afghanistan.

    April 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  25. ColdWarVet

    I believe that establishing a peace deal with the enemy at this point in the conflict will do much more for reducing the terror threat than continuing the war. Military strikes now, while they may succeed in killing some enemies, invariably serve against us by creating more enemies, not less.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Dale Hemming

    How do we know these "suspects" are guillty of anything.There has been no trial, judge, or jury. They are murdered by the US military (along with killed and maimed innocent men, women, and children) because they are men with beards and guns, which is normal in that part of the world.
    If you add in the innocent killed and maimed you are creating more terrorists than are being killed, and we would become the same if someone did the same to us.
    A Pox on the US military and it's murderers!

    April 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. dan

    Unfortunately the lives lost during these drone attacks could possbly be innocent civilians. Its called collateral damage and Im sure the military does everything possible to minimize this damage. The military doesnt just wake up and say hey the bad guys are over here. Lets go kill everyone within a 20 mile radius to ensure we eliminate the bad guys. Just like when a police raids a house they dont want to kill everyone inside they just want to take out the bad guys. S*** happens. I think these boys on the ground with drones are doing a great job. Its a dirty job and everyone should be glad that someone is willing to do it.

    April 21, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  28. Dronist

    The Pakistan government creates the terrorist on one hand and receives billions in dollar aid to eradicate them on other hand.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  29. Steve

    I think it is best said by Col Nathan R. Jessep in the court room scene from the movie a Few Good Men. But I will say my own words...

    The US Military gives everyone their ability to have freedom and for the most part protection to do as they want and say as they want. Unless you are willing (and able) to join the military and help defend the freedoms you so clearly like to demonstrate. I would not be so critical of those who have no choice but to follow orders to give you those freedoms! I am thankful that we have such tools in our toolbox such as the UAV’s to use to reduce American Casualties while taking the fight away from our Homeland and to the enemy. The bad guys are not going to stop, they are willing to kill themselves to kill you (think 9-11). You can critize the elected officials all you want, but do not criticize the military. They are just following orders of those above them aka your elected officials that you elected. Dont like it so much? You got choices.. You can vote differently next time or you can always leave the good ol' USA to some other country that is more your liking. Just remember one thing.. Freedom is not Free. It has a high cost!

    April 21, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  30. Dan

    Hit AQ & the Taliban in Pakistan before they hit you in Afghanistan, attack is the best form of defence , age old adage but a good one

    Dan UK

    April 21, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  31. MVR

    Drones are the 21st Century’s version of the smart bomb.
    Look at it this way...a drone can be sent anywhere in the world at anytime, loiter for hours until called upon and deliver a missile with pinpoint accuracy. Show me any manned aircraft that can do that. Also, the Gen III/IV drones will be much more sophisticated and intelligent than anything currently flying now. In fact, an operator sitting 8000 miles away can "Launch and Forget" these new aerial assassins and not have to touch the yoke until landing. It will carry out its mission autonomously, without human intervention, without prejudice and without remorse. It will hunt, seek and destroy a target or targets without having putting a pilot’s life on the line. They are so stealthy, both to radar and to the naked eye, they seem invisible. Larger drones will carry EW platforms for jamming radio, TV, cell-phone, etc. or RF transmitters for “Public Relations” missions. Some will even be able to carry smaller drones internally to force multiply beyond its mission profile. There’s even speculation that GEN V drones will have directed energy weapons such as lasers or EMP cannons or rail guns.
    So, while the argument here centers on Left versus Right Wing politics, remember this: somewhere in the world a drone, armed with Hellfire missiles is circling a city just waiting for the opportunity to project power down to the street level. Whether you’re a Taliban or Al-Queda or a drug-lord, the hairs on your neck should be standing up just thinking you could be next.
    Sweet dreams!

    April 21, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  32. LGilsig

    What is a Godly drone???

    April 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Allen

    I'm a proud left winger and I say terrorist (and their close friends and family) might want to think twice about riding in cars with them; especially in groups of more than one. And if they do drive alone they might want to zig-zag – it won't keep them from being blasted by a drone but it sure will make it entertaining for the rest of us.

    April 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  34. JT

    It must be great to sit in an air conditioned office in Nevada and press the smite button when an Osama desciple crawls out of his hole. You know these thugs have to be looking over their sholders and scanning the sky all the time just waiting for fire from the sky to take them to their 17 virgins.

    April 20, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Jack

    I think it's a great way to terrorize the terrorists. It's our response to roadside bombs.

    April 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jon

    One day these weapons will no longer be needed. One day War will be obsolete. One day.

    April 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  37. BaltimoreGuy

    Note to David (#78): The reason you are surprised to see the President of Egypt repond to this blog is because A. Mubarik (#40) isn't the President of Egypt. That would be Hosni Mubarak who, just putting myself on limb here, has neither the time nor interest to read blogs which, with few exceptions, can best be defined as unedited, unresearched brain farts. As the old saying goes – and David this is NOT directed at you as your comment was just a simple mistake – ) sometimes it's better to sit and look uninformed than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    April 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ranger37

    I think we can all agree that wether its Al-Queda, the Taliban or some home grown terrorism, that there are those that want to hurt the US (any or all of us). Regardless of why or who, we have to make a decision on wether or not we want to defend ourselves. I say that as a country we want to defend ourselves. How do we do that? We can't be wishy-washy... these extremists mean to do what they say!! I say that we develop rules of engagement (they are not going to be perfectly agreeable to all of us), and hold our leaders responsible for maintaining them (recognizing again that the folks doing the actual protective work will make mistakes). Its the dishonest mistakes and covering up of mistakes that hurt our trust in our leaders. The extremists have no regard for rules of engagement, they just want to have some result that hurts and most of the time, it seems like they do not care about who they hurt. Buush did some good things and if Obama uses some of them and incorporates some others to defend us why are people usnig that as any kind of argument?

    April 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jon

    We seem to forget we are at war. The drones are just one weapon used in this war, and it is very effective for the environment we are fighting in. Because the terrorists are not banging on your door within the shores of the US doesn't mean they are not plotting and planning attacks. Many people treat war as a black and white issue, and it's not. Obama has increased spending on the war by increasing the number of troops being deployed there, and insurgents continue to send in suicide bombers that kill innocent people. We went through the same thing in Iraq. We as Americans need to stand united in this war and support our troops. President Bush said from the beginning this was going to be a long war and it would test our resolve. Based on the posts do far on this article, I would say he is correct.

    April 20, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  40. Ralph

    These peoples only reson for living is to kill infidels I say we keep using the drones but paint them to look like a can of raid.

    April 20, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  41. mintjulip

    Does anyone know why the US government has been wasting lives, and a good part of my earnings, in Afghanistan for eight+ years? Now they are killing SUSPECTS in Pakistan by remote control.

    April 20, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  42. XYZ

    i hate CNN because it increases prejudice...no one is a sincere human\\\\\\\\\\ look at ur self if u r put in such a situation wat u ill do... if u r pointing towards other REMEMBER that four fingers are pointing towards you... be human always and think of logic... i m against teroorist but i m against the drones because it simply kills innocent people...

    April 20, 2010 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  43. William Spendlove

    Drones wouldn't operate in Pakistan without permission from the Pakistan government, not to mention the intel involved in getting the target information. Welcome to the 21st Century, better get used to it.

    April 20, 2010 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  44. workinguy

    been living and working in the region for some time now. the majority of these people have no conception of individual human liberty and so their backwardness and ignorance is perpetuated by their willingness to believe whatever drivel some jackass in a position of "spiritual leadership" tells them. i don't hate them i pity them.

    April 20, 2010 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  45. Ray

    I'm with roamingrock-we can never win simply cause we play by the rules; they have no rules! A nuke, or two, would give them time to reconsider. Right wing/left wing? Crap! For, or against. Simple!

    April 20, 2010 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
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