May 22nd, 2010
07:15 AM ET

9 killed in suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan

Nine people were killed Friday night when a suspected U.S. drone struck in Pakistan's North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan, two local officials said.

The dead consisted of two children, two women and five men, Pakistani intelligence and administrative officials said.

The U.S. military routinely offers no comment on reported drone attacks. However, it is the only country operating in the region known to have the ability to launch missiles from drones, which are controlled remotely.

- CNN's Samson Desta contributed to this report.

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  1. wth

    who are they killing exactly? a drone attack is expensive and supposed to be used against hvt's . i mean how many hvt's are there exactly? or is it that the drone constantly misses its target

    May 22, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Deerhunter

    I am sorry for the deaths of children and women but I would not call them "innocent" it is called collateral damage. If you are a family member of a bank robber on the day of the crime and are present at the crime scene, you are considered a partner in crime, not innocent. When the shooting begins, the chances of you getting hit are very high. So this is what happens if you are a family member of someone who slaughters people and someone who does not have any respect for humanity or for just life. Long live the sweet US of A. We will win this thing (amen) Love Jesus.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      I am having trouble finding the collateral damage section in the Bible. In fact, I can't find anything in the New Testament that would allow me to kill, in a "proactive" manner, anyone.

      May 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fed up

      Just like the Quran, the Bible is a bunch of fairy tales. and I'm pretty sure there's something about collateral damages in the Geneva convention, which for some reason we've tried our best to follow, when our enemy doesn't even acknowledge it's relevance.

      May 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Doug

    Has everyone forgotten 9/11 already, how many civilians were hiding in those buildings and planes.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Then why didn't we attack Saudi Arabia? Most of the 9/11 terrorists were from there.

      May 22, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      who cares about do you remember invasion Iraq 800,000

      May 22, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Fed up

      TODD, just because they're FROM Saudi Arabia, doesn't mean they ARE HIDING there. Jeeez dumb@$$, if you were on the run from the police would you hide at your home address?

      May 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    I wonder how many more innocent people the us is gonna torture and kill?

    May 22, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • david

      Chris the muslim, when hillary runs against obama in 2012, you could get her job. you and that socialist mr.ponder would work well together

      May 22, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Far fewer than muslims kill of their own people. It's just a way of life, of religion.

      May 22, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Fed up

      2461, that's the latest figure released by the state dept.

      May 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    @ Doug: Killing more civilians is not going to bring back those already killed, besides, I think the us government was behind 9/11, so that they can do what their doing in the middle east right now.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      ya right. Its people like you who are going to ruin this country. I'm sure you don't believe the Holocaust happened either. Why on God's green earth would you say these things against your own country. Just be quite and go blow yourself up and kill thousands of Americans and I'm sure the government will be behind that too.

      May 22, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • david

      chris the muslim,i bet secretly you build water boards for the cia

      May 22, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Fed up

      ok, well you just proved yourself a nut-job, thanks for playing. you're input is no longer relevant.

      May 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Johnny Thrill

    Salayem, my point is that extremists claim that they are the messengers and executioners of the Koran laws. Well, losing 2,000,000 of them doesn't seem like a bright idea. What's my point? 2,000,000 and still no end in sight. Again, what a stupid set of people to think that their mission in life is to kill the disbelievers, Americans and Israelis. You were put on the planet to live, not die. 2,000,000 is a lot of dying....I would question the Ultimate General of this plan. I believe he's referred to as Mohammed.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • salayem

      Contrary to what you say Islam is a very great, just and compassionate religion; try to know more about it. You give the proof in your post that it is not Islam, but what you call the disbelievers who are mass murderers and criminals, who, as you admit, killed so far 2,000,000 Muslims

      May 22, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Terroism is just a simple extension of humanity. We all want simple explainations to complex problems. The simplest solution in the minds of many is to blame everything for ones predictament. In the case of many Muslims blaming the west for the decline of Islamic civilization and its sorry state is easier then facing the reality that most of the damage was done internally. I guarantee you if the table was turned and the Islamic world dominated because of failures in western society we would do likewise. It is only human to do that. So we go all extremist and justify any action regardless of how nefarious it really is.

    If by the will of Allah every infidel and unbeliever suddenly ceased to exist the structual problems that make Islamic society tepid and backward today would still exist. I find it ironic that Muslims talk about "HUMILIATION". Yet they accepted Ottomon Turk domination for 500 years. It seems to me that exploitation of one Muslim on to another is perfectly okay yet a Jew looks at a Muslim cross eyed at the H work gets pulled out at every perceived slight.

    So this leads to the biggest irony is regardless of how successful the extremists are, they will never truly win. The Islamic countries of the Arab world will continue to be dominated by external powers because they keep themselves weak. If it was not the west, it would be east asia, or India, and some day Africa.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Heinz

    Can anyone be sure the place didn't blow up because they were making bombs and were too stupid to do it right? Happens all the time after all...
    So easy to blame someone else for that and try to make hay out of getting kids killed. As if those religious nuts didn't kill their own kids by conditioning them to become suicide bombers, and being OK with that.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. terry in dallas

    From every story I have read on US controlled media. If they died they were insurgents. If they got away they were
    civilians. How convenient for history texts.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hey Pakistanis

    More Drones coming baby!! Pakistan should be called "Terroristan"!

    May 22, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Where do they get these numbers anyway? I'm sure the terrorists give them out. These people were probably not "innocent" civilians, they probably all worked for the terrorist organizations in some way. They are now using children to be suicide bombers and no doubt will use women at some point as well.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joe, LA, CA

    geez 9 dead... only millions to go.. the public had figured out this little scam.. and what they are doing to the public's pocketbook..

    May 22, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. terry in dallas

    The biggest problem that i see in this "war" on terrorism is the possibilty of racial profiling(sic). Seems convenient
    that the liberals will scream about the AZ law but it is ok for pakistan. LOL

    May 22, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. truth

    In any religion, people will distort the true message. Cultural factor take over the meaning, and some religious leaders will proclaim their version (often distorted) as the only way. The version has often been for their own motives. It can also get compounded over time.

    WIth the muslim religion there is very little oversight of what local preachers say and do and therefore cultural and personal factors take on greater significance.

    Also the educational levels are often low of the followers and the ability for them to dispute any different viewpoints for the preacher is difficult, if not life threatening in some communities.

    There fore tolerance of viewpoints and education have to be reinforced in Muslim communities and a greater voice from the non-violent majority needs to be heard. Otherwise the perception of the 'violent muslim' will continue.

    This community needs to stand up and do what's right and not be focused on past injustices that have happened. (all world communities have have a list of these – but we all need to move on)

    May 22, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • salayem

      How educating. What about you lecturing us on how GWB destroyed Iraq on baseless grounds, lies and twisting of facts? Remember the Clown Powell with his famous small white bottle in the UN? How much WMD were found in Iraq? How much Anthrax? And you Americans elected GWB twice, that should tell you who distorts what.

      May 22, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Fed up

      GWB was only elected ONCE and even that win was a bit fishy. If you have been following the whole situation a closely as you like to pretend you do you would see that most all opinion polls of American citizens during the time showed large disapproval for his decisions. GWB 'distorted' the election, you cant say that all Americans agreed with him because he happened to be the president. We aren't immune to corruption, our people simply aren't so preoccupied with fanatical hatred as to let our gov't run a muck and oppress our rights and voices.

      May 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Be Me

    This is criminal. Flying drones have now killed about 7 terrorists and over 700 innocent children and adults on foreign soil. Since when do we fire on "SUSPECTED" terrorists? This not the TEST for killing a person. The military complex spends over 50% of every US dollar now. We have over 170 bases worldwide projecting our views. We have returned over 3000 men and women in body bags to their families since the start. We can not win this war as no objectives exist other than "make the world a safer place." There never were any weapons of mass destruction. In the last 10 years we have seen one smoking shoe, one attempt to light underwear, and one Times Square bomb. The terrorists are slowly winning wiping out our financial wealth as we pay for this empire building.
    Without the war US unemployment would sky rocket. Since the gulf war we have killed 1.4 million people and made refugees out of 4+ million more all in the name of making the world a better place. Our military power, personal wealth, freedoms, and future standing in the world are melting away. As citizens of the US demand this stop here and now.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey Be Me and salayem, Bite me.

      Be Me and salayem,
      Sadam Hussien used WMD on his own people (and the Iranians for that matter), ergo he had WMD. Oh I know it was actually Bush, the military industrial complex, Halliburton and BP.

      May 22, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      If you believe that, why no call ou your buddy Obama for beng a war criminal. I guess that only applies when the "other" party is in power.

      May 22, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Be Me

      Both Bush & Obama have failed. This is a non party issue.

      May 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Dimslie

      It's at least 50 to 1 that you voted for the guy in the White House. When he ran he promised us that he would turn tail and run just as soon as he got in office. Now that he's there and actually knows what's going on, he's acting more like Bush than Bush. And, you nuts who don't have the information that both Bush and Obama have keep running your mouths about the "evil" that you fantacize we're causing. It's easy to run your mouth when you don't have the problem nor know the facts.

      May 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
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