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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pakistan accused of "illegal" attacks by U.S. drone

At least 16 people died today in the U.S. drone missiles in two separate actions in the north-western Pakistani province of North Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan. According to a report by the private television channel Dawn , one of the devices destroyed a hideout of the Taliban in the area of Mir Ali, while another destroyed a vehicle that moved through the vicinity. These were the fourth and fifth run attacks by drones Americans in the last three days against suspected Taliban and objectives al Qaeda in the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. A special division of the CIA in charge of the program of the drones Pakistan granted a truce for six weeks from 26 November, when NATO planes massacred 24 of its soldiers in border with Afghanistan in an incident that still has strained bilateral relations. But on January 11 returned to the attack were 10 attacks in the last two weeks and 22 in the course of this year, with a total jump of 151 insurgents dead and dozens wounded Washington says. Significantly, this escalation started shortly after the NATO Summit in Chicago (20 and 21 May), where contrary to expectations by the United States and the Atlantic alliance, announced that Pakistan would not reopen supply routes to troops occupiers Afghanistan have been blocked since the fateful day on November 26. Senior U.S. officials have indicated that Washington has pledged to suspend operations of drones on the South Asian nation and on the contrary, always suggested that it reserved the right to attack those who threatened. Although the supposed goals of the drones are the Taliban active in Pakistan-Afghan border, often innocent victims of their missiles, which creates a natural feeling in the population antiestadunidense. According to international analysts, such incidents undermine the possibilities of reconciliation between both countries, also because the U.S. refuses to make a public apology for the deaths of Pakistani soldiers on the border with Afghanistan. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "illegal" attacks by U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles on Pakistani soil and has alleged that these actions represent a violation of the sovereignty of the Asian country. In the past three days, several attacks in the border area with Afghanistan have killed 27 people, according to sources from the intelligence services of Pakistan. Islamabad had already condemned in the past such campaigns because, as the Pakistani government, fed anti-Washington sentiment and can cause civilian casualties. The Pakistani government blocked the supply routes to Afghanistan after a NATO airstrike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on. These corridors are key to the plan of withdrawal of troops on Afghan soil, due in 2014.

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