December 20th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

Drone activity in Pakistan moves northward, official says

Intense drone activity in Pakistan's tribal region has moved northward, mirroring the movement of suspected militants as they try to flee the targeted strikes, according to a senior Pakistani military official.

Officials have seen an increased militant presence in Khyber Agency, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan, said the official, who did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the operation.

Specifically, he says "they are moving into the Tirah Valley."

Three suspected U.S. drone strikes Friday were all concentrated in the Tirah Valley, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The strikes, which targeted suspected militant hideouts and a training camp, killed 57 people - a record for a single day. Officials say all three hit within 4 square kilometers of each other

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  1. valkyries


    December 26, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. hatepakis

    oh its so sad, but India needs to team up with US to destroy paki as they should have never existed ever and in return the middle east shall turn towards attacking the west, in the end china no. 1 india no. 2, oh i so love this dirtyyy politics

    December 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bledsoe

    Gee SalSal,how can you be so mean-spirited? Is that what the Mafia taught you? We're talking about human lives here!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. John Longfoot

    How about we just wipe Pakistan's northern tribal region off the map and be done with the problem once and for all.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Not all the People there are bad!!! Why kill innocent People???

      December 23, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Because this John Longfoot is another ignorant,hateful,right-wing fanatic,Larry. We must learn to ignore these people!

        December 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Extremely well stated,Dan. Thank you.

        December 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SalSal Gamboni

    More left wing nut job bull.

    There is only so much we can do from the air. I cant wait for the Special Forces to go in and start cutting Taliban throats.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    It's too bad we have people in the world that hate other people or want from other people enough to kill them.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      There should be a way to stop the Right Wing from making o much problems in all the Countries in the World!!!

      December 23, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dindy.....

    God ..Almighty... Thank you for taking all of us out from this terrible situation !!Amen.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We aren't out of it yet!!! But hopefully soon we will be... We will always have to have some troops there!!! Just like We have every place else...

      December 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • watching freedom

        too bad we have to police the world, just to live in peace...

        December 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        The world would be a lot more peaceful if we'd only stop trying to police it. In fact,if we'd stop policing the world and start policing our streets,the United States would be far better off than it is currently!!!

        December 23, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Well stated,Larry. Again,thank you.

        December 23, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        I totally agree with both of you.

        December 23, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lionstar

    There's an old saying... " Your either part of the solution or your part of the problem ".... If the villagers in these areas are giving safe haven to the militants they sure aren't part of the solution and are as much a part of the problem as the militants themselves.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla. It never ends!

      December 23, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. LarryKegel(US Army)

    What This Country should do is get Permission from Pakistan to take Our Troops and get rid of Their strong hold there and then We can bring most of Our Troops Home!!! We will have to leave Troops there like We have every Place else...

    December 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Sorry folks,I never posted the above. We have no more right to be in Pakistan than we do in Afghanistan. What we need to do is to get out just like the Russians did back in 1989.

      December 22, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Amen to that,Larry. Thank you.

        December 22, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
      • LarryKegel(US Army)

        If You can't tell which is the real Me??? I really feel sorry for You!!!

        I hate to say this to You... But what We are doing is a lot different from what Russia tried to do when They were there!!! Why do You think We have NATO there helping us???

        December 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nam cavalry

    the most important thing in iraq and afghanistan is to bring our american pows home right now, not tomorrow, not 30 years from now....bring pow bergdahl home from afghanistan and pow alltale from it now!

    December 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      We will as soon as We have done what We started to do!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        If we were not there to help the Israeli's you God damned 360 cult of killers would have killed and exiled them once again! If I were you and wanted to show favor to God I would stop all this hatred and start showing compassion to the world.

        December 22, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        We would help anyone that is being treated unjustly, that is why we are in Afghanistan to help them get rid of your 360 killing cult!

        December 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. morris2196

    We invaded Afghanistan because much of the country was being used to train terrorists how to attack the US, and as a "safe haven" for terrorists. (The Afghan government was either unable or unwilling to prevent its land from being used in this way). Some of the people who organized that training and planning fled to western Pakistan, and we are now trying to prevent them from using that area for the same purposes. I am a bleeding heart liberal, but even I can see the reasonableness of our action.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dindy.....

      morris2196 ..well explained .good post.

      December 22, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dindy.....

    Dan.. That means without forgiveness ...,no way to heaven. Jesus way is the only way. Jesus way is not easy though . Jesus is very special. Also very difficult to be like Jesus when live in a place like earth. Here we are having problems again from Buddhists neighbors. We have done nothing wrong. Yet giving lots of troubles. Some things that they do are unforgivable. Yet I tolerate. But I wonder how far. There it comes a day that we have to defend and stop the nonsense. Some people are jealous with others .It leads to many problems . These kind of insults are not easy to forgive.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      That is Your opinion not all the Other religions!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    We freedom loving democracies will chase your 360 terrorists where ever they run and hide and we will capture or kill if need be as many as we can and THIS WAR ON YOUR 360 CULT WILL NOT END UNTIL YOU ALL SUBMIT(BOW)DOWN TO JESUS!

    December 21, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dindy.....

    Larry...good to see you on this comment page again... we cant talk peace with people when they want to kill us.. It is true. I wish..if we all had a solution than war. Yet as you also have said it.. there was no other way as they rejected all the invitations for peace. . May God take all of us out from this terrible situation soon .Amen!!

    December 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Also it is written in your holy book that flesh surrounds the bone in the mothers womb, but the fact is that there is noe bony material before the flesh has formed. And you want to dismiss the fact that your so called spirit of truth, that you say Jesus had said would come (to help his disciples after his crucifixion not over 500 years later)had said to one of his followers that there were 7 ways to recite the Koran you recite it which ever way is easier for you. Saying this after asking who he called Gabriel(most probably the devil in disguise)to recite the Koran again and again 7 times each being different. So with the Koran there cannot be only one way but with God's word as Jesus said He is the only way to the Father!

      December 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      May GOD make PEACE on Earth in My life time!!! Amen...

      December 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        First He'll have to stop Satan's Forces(those of NATO) from succeeding in Asia. Remember Larry,that the Muslims too worship the same God as we do.

        December 22, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....

        Peace on earth...Amen!!

        December 22, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • SalSal Gamboni

        Bledsoe, you creep. The forces of NATO represent us, the American people who have been so horribly wronged by the Taliban and Al Queda in Afghanistan and now Pakistan. If we are of the devil, then our God is Satan. According to you, we have the same God as the Muslims, so I guess you are saying the God of the Muslims is Satan? Is that what you are saying? If so, just wait for one of those ingorant, deluded suicide bombers praying for virgins in paradise to visit you soon.

        December 23, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • aaron

        6.5 billion people here on earth now, In 100 hundred years from now 99.9
        % of us will be dead. Death is part of life, we are all giong to die. If you think it's so important how we die your wrong, it's how we live. You will have to deal with life and any God you follow after it's all over, and in 100 years, the 9.5 billion people on the planet will have found another if not many reasons to kill each other. Live while you can, it's all for not.

        December 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        aaron, you need to find your purpose. There is a meaning for every man women and child's life here on earth!

        December 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Read Al- Baqara 2:259 it tells how the bones are clothed with flesh.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Read Al- Baqara 2:259 it tells how the bones are clothed with flesh. Boy you Muslims have had wars on which Koran was the original recitation and Uthman had decided on one with his companions and now there is only one recitation that they thought would bring the Muslims together, but as you can see you guys are still killing each other and anyone else that does not follow your views of Islam(PEACE? HUH? MORE LIKE WAR!)! What kind of God would inspire a book like that?

      December 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bledsoe


    December 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dindy.....

    .This is really sad as we couldn't find a better solution than war . Lots of people are having sleepless nights as their loved ones are in battle 🙁

    December 21, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      How can You talk PEACE with People that wants to kill You??? You have to force Them to want to talk PEACE!!! It is a shame innocent People have to die to do it...

      December 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • SalSal Gamboni

        Oh yes, somebody wants to kill my country men, murder my family; it MUST be my fault.

        December 23, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Because They attacked Us in the United States!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Mavrick

    I think the millitants should move into hindu civillan crowds and c how the drones do their job,lol

    December 21, 2010 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  18. Sanity

    Good posting from all three of you. Thanks.

    December 21, 2010 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  19. John

    I agree fully,Bledsoe. This obscene canage needs to stop no matter how many right-wing nutjobs blog in here to the contrary!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  20. Gary Johndro


    December 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      SHUT UP,will you? Gee whiz!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
      • dan

        haha you said gee whiz

        December 21, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren

      Who's Daniel-2 and who's the nutjob who keeps talking to him?

      December 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |