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The Majlis

17 Januar, 2010 (14:53) | News, Politics | By: pooq

This blog obviously seems to be a news blog. And the header of the current post is: „Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud likely injured in drone strike“.

An US drone has attacked a former religious school near Razmak in North Waziristan. In this attack a handful suspected Taliban had been killed and Hakimullah Mehsud has been injured. This is a basic problem with drone attacks as it is a measure to strike with a very low degree of involvement there is an unknown number (I think dead people should be called „a handful“) of people killed. And you can not say whether they really were Taliban they just were suspected to be. So this is a continiuos problem as intelligence made great efforts to track them down but the Taliban side has no problem in stating civilian casualities. In many cases the public will never know the truth. In the case of Mehsud the rumours range from „he had left the target place before the attack“ to „he got actually killed by it“.

As there were nine drone strikes of the US in Afghanistan done this year already continuing at this rate would mean an increase of such attacks compared to the previous year. This would stand contrary to claims that the US forces would reduce ranged attacks by sending more army troops into the country.