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Senior U.S. officials are pushing to expand CIA drone strikes beyond Pakistan's tribal region and into a major city in an attempt to pressure the Pakistani government to pursue Taliban leaders based in Quetta.
The proposal has opened a contentious new front in the clandestine war. The prospect of Predator aircraft strikes in Quetta, a sprawling city
whether unmanned aircraft strikes in a city of 850,000 are a realistic option.
"If we don't do this -- at least have a real discus
Such a move would show the shallowness of the "just war" talk in President Obama’s disgraceful Nobel paean to Mars. Quetta is a city of 850,000 people, which is somewhere between the size of Detroit, Michigan and San Francisco, California. Imagine targeting a person or group with a drone-borne, 500-lbs., roughly 125,600-square-foot-effective-kill-area [pi x (effective kill radius of 200 ft., squared)] bomb in San Francisco’s Union Square, and you get some idea of the civilian death and injury we’re talking about. (Actually, this kill area is larger than Union Square…)
New Delhi: The Centre has alerted the Maharashtra and West Bengal governments on the possibility of Pakistan-trained terrorists targeting vital installations in metros to create mayhem in the country. The warning comes in the wake of reports that highly-motivated suicide bombers may have sneaked into Mumbai and Kolkata recently.
Originally posted by earthdude
What a strange thing war has become.
DERA GHAZI KHAN, Pakistan — A suicide car bomb exploded in a market close to the home of a politician in Pakistan's most populous province Tuesday, killing 22 people and wounding 70 others. The blast in the Punjabi town of Dera Ghazi Khan was the latest in a series of attacks by Taliban militants avenging an army offensive against insurgents in the northwest. More than 500 people have been killed. The attacker detonated his explosives outside the house of the lawmaker, who was not at home at the time. Most of the dead and injured were people shopping or working at the market. It was unclear whether the bomber targeted the politician's home or the market.