Monday, February 15, 2010

Missile strikes

A suspected U.S. drone fired a missile at a vehicle in Pakistan's volatile northwest on Monday, killing three people in the second such strike in as many days in an area dominated by militants who regularly attack U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, officials and residents said.

President Barack Obama has stepped up the use of missile strikes in Pakistan's lawless tribal area since taking office, partly in response to the Pakistani government's reluctance to target Taliban militants who are not deemed a direct threat to the state.

The strategy of increased missile strikes in populated areas does not help us win support among the civilian population. In fact, it's one more strategy that won't work. We will never win the support of the civilian population in that region.

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