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American CIA Drone Strikes Continue Over Pakistan

Updated on May 25, 2012
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Just as Pakistan has publicly said that the sentencing of a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden to 33 years in prison was "payback" to the US, for the accidental killing of 24 soldiers, US military drone flights from Pakistan airfields operated by the CIA continue.

The odd thing is this double play by Pakistan. Retaliating by going after a doctor is infantile on the part of their government. But worse, the airbases at Shamsi and Shahbaz, are used for such drone flights as are those in Afghanistan. The two airfields, although the Pakistani government publicly states that flights are not being conducted from the bases, they continue to "look the other way" privately because the US pays for their use. Then, when it does happen, they publicly warn the US about such flights.

US drones struck again at terrorists hiding out in northwest Pakistan for two days in late May, 2012, despite Pakistan's whining publicly. The Predator drones killed 10 terrorists. Another drone attacked in Hasso Khe located in North Waziristan, a known refuge for Uzbek fighters under the Islam banner. It is estimated that at least 1000 terrorists have been killed from the drone attacks since 2011. The Shamsi airfield is actually leased to the United Emirates. However, the United Emirates leases its use to the US. So, despite the Pakistani government saying the US is not using it, it is not 100% true.

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      Pakistan has been timid to really go in and cleanse those areas. They go in to secure a few spots and leave a pathetic frontier force as security, which totally fails and the terrorists return. If Pakistan would really be a an ally, they would allow our troops in there to do job with their help. That is a real ally.

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      Zahir 

      6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      you can measure..if you just open your mind to other side also..it is just that pakistan has been doing operations for america in our tribal areas from 2004 these operations are conducted till now but for america 1 soldier of america in afghanistan costs 1 million dollars but 1 pakistani soldier cost US just 900 dollars..is pakistani army using swords and horses to kill millitants?

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      Zahir- by whose measurement? All 68 billion caused by USA? I doubt it. We have paid more than our share.

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      Zahir 

      6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      The total aid given to pakistan is 28 billion dollars..pakistan has faced collateral damage of about 68 billion dollars..

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      "Jihad" by Ahmed Rashid.(copyrighted 2002). EXplains the religion of this area and the fanaticism that have been steeping for decades fueled by Russia, China and the US. Spine tingling.

      Your hub definitely provides food for thought

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      I think both sides used each other and the Pakistanis have made out with billions in income for minimum effort. There are losses in any war.

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      Zahir 

      6 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      these drone attacks are counter productive ..a lot of civilians have lost their lives almost 40000 people have been killed in this war on terror in pakistan ..these drones creates radicalization and collateral damage in the country which creates more terrorism and anger against america.. i think double standards are from both sides as america on one side make us an ally and then didnt trust pakistan.. america just used pakistan for this crazy war on terror but i guarantee u they will never succeed. using american peple taxex on this silly war americans really need to brainstorm and think of any peacefull strategy

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      Thanks and that is a great analogy, snipers from the air! That sounds like a title to a book.

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      Mike Russo 

      6 years ago from Placentia California

      Great article. I believe the drones are equivalent to snipers in world war II. The paradigm of warfare has changed from fighting uniformed armies and controlling land mass to dealing with very dangerous individuals and suicide bombers who are used as force multipliers. A well placed terroists whether he is sucessful or not can scare the hell out of a country. But drones can be used to take these people out and just like a sniper, they can have a devestating psychological effect on the enemy. Voted up, interesting, and sharing.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      pakistan is in a damage control over the drones. They resist in sending troops to the areas the drones go to, they lease the airbase to UAE, UAE leases it to the US. US drones fly from Pakistan. Pakistan cries in the public for public relations.

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      mikelong 

      6 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

      Jayfort, this is not a "Muslim" thing. The true leaders of Pakistan (deep within Pakistani ISI) can care less about Islam, as a religion. Rather, Pakistan has, for several generations now, used their brand of this religion to build power and control. But, we have ourselves to thank for this. It is our dollars, directly through aid and support, and indirectly (coming from our dollars sent to Saudi Arabia, etc.) that have solidified this group of cronies. We, the United States, radicalized this region in order to undermine Russia (then the Soviet Union) in Central Asia. We printed the Qurans, and provided the incentive for increased religious indoctrination over what we consider education. We never minded Islamic terrorists, as long as they were doing our bidding, destabilizing our opponents...like Russia.

      Pakistan today symbolizes American foreign affairs failures on a variety of levels, beginning with the drive to turn religion (Islam in this case) into a weapon of war. There is much more than "Islam" going on here...and it has to do with control of trade routes, natural resources and maintaining control over the government.

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      Jayfort 

      6 years ago

      They're going after the doctor because he gave up a Muslim brother to the U.S. (infidels). I wouldn't trust the Pakistanis as far as I could pick up and throw their country. In other words, NOT AT ALL!

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