October 24th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

3 killed, kids hurt as fury grows over U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan

[Updated 9:56 a.m.] An official with the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, not authorized to speak on the record, condemned today's attack.  Previously, the ministry has said it lodged a complaint with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad about drone strikes in Pakistani territory on October 10 and 11.  The ministry called those "a clear violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty."

[Posted 8:03 a.m.] Missiles blew up part of a compound Wednesday in northwest Pakistan, killing three people - including one woman - a government official said.

The latest suspected U.S. drone strike also injured two children, military officers said.

Militants lived in the compound, but so did civilians, the officers said.

There's growing fury over the U.S. pounding of areas known to be home to al Qaeda operatives, mainly in tribal zones along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.  A recent independent study said hundreds of civilians, including 176 children, have been killed in the attacks over the last eight years.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney seem to largely see eye-to-eye on the issue.  CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen notes that most Americans "are comfortable with the muscular use of CIA drones against al Qaeda in Pakistan."

The United States rarely comments on the strikes.

The New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy group, used Google Maps to pinpoint many of the drone attacks.

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  1. mart

    If a sucide bomb killed 2 nato troops and a bunch of civilians, you would call it murder. But i dont hear the US calling all these innocents deaths murder. Barrack Obama is a murderer, plain and simple

    October 26, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • steven

      are you serious? how is he a murderer honestly? if you would call him murderer than you might as well call every single on of our presidents murderers. Especially George Bush! the biggest murderer ofthem all!! invading a county for a fake reason, costing the lives ofthousands of innocent civillians... THOUSANDS!!!!!

      October 28, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • steven

      are you serious? how is he a murderer honestly? if you would call him murderer than you might as well call every single on of our presidents murderers. Especially George Bush! the biggest murderer ofthem all!! invading a county for a fake reason, costing the lives ofthousands of innocent civillians... THOUSANDS!!!!! WHAT WOULD YOU DO AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF? not order drone strikes on terroists?

      October 28, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. durak

    I'm all for killing Al Qaeda and Taliban crazies, but what's our end game?

    October 26, 2012 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. cocopuf

    Drones MUST continue to be used to target Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan and in Afghanistan. These drones benefit the Pakis and the Afghanis too.

    October 26, 2012 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Freedom

      As long as it is not your children it is okay right?

      October 31, 2012 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Vegas

    Of course Americans don't give a damn if innocent lives are lost as long it serves their ass in the long run. If we were to apply the same standard of 'justice' that America uses, innocents would die day and day out. Who brings America to justice? Who takes America to account for the double standards that they apply to Muslims?

    October 26, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Go ahead. Bring America to justice. You can do it.

      October 27, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • steven

      it is called collateral damage buddy. bring america to justice? for what? muslim extremists will always be put to a double standard, because they can not be trusted. I was in Afghanistan and Iraq and i have seen first hand how they cant be trusted. one day you will be on patrol. they will invite you for bread nd tea. the next day they will have a bomb waiting for you! children throwing grenades and shooting ak s at you. they despise us. i dont think that people realize how diificult it is to fight an enemy that is hidden within the population. they dont have uniforms, they blend in very well. You need to look at the bigger picture here. Take America to justice for defending ourselves? i dont think so!!!

      October 28, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
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