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. Mike

    Shame on these terrorists who use kids as a shield. Osama bin Laden used his youngest wife as a shield to save himself from the navy seals. Well, terrorists will be terrorists - let that not diminish the good work drones are doing everyday. Drones are saving lives of countless innocent people by taking out a few rotten ones.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • osama

      Mr. MIKe before 2004 there was not a TERROrIST in PAKISTAN but U americans GUY dudes created by killing INNOCENt people by STUPID DRONES

      October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Drones are smart, not able yet to single out the terrorists from their wives and kids. In time they will evolve (drones, not terrorists...the latter are headed towards extinction).

      October 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • steven

      very nicely said. the terroist do use children and innocents as shields. they are cowards.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    It's not our fault. Obama is the one ordering the strikes. They don't need to be mad at us, the average United States citizens.

    October 24, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • EclecticHorseman

      And what are you doing to help put an end to warfare by video?

      October 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • steven

      i hate when people say this! do you honestly think its just Obama ordering these strikes. no!! he may make the final ok, but its the commanders and generals who order strikes. you have to have intel first, that is done either by drone surveilance or spec ops. once they receive intel on whereabouts of enemy militants, it is then passed up the chain of command to Commanders who authorize an airstrike. Obama doesnt get an order that says" 6 innocent civillians and 2 children in building". He gets an order that reads ex. 10 enemy Al-qaeda militants in structure, (coordinates) , need authorization for drone airstrike. you cant just blame it on Obama. your just looking for another reason to blame our president. its ridiculous.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Bipartisan agreement is so rare to find these days. It was nice to see that both Obama and Romney agreed on use of drones in Pakistan to defeat terrorism. That was so noble of these two candidates to agree upon pursuing a good cause. It does not matter who wins, the good work done by drones will go on in Pakistan.

    October 24, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      GO to YOUTUBE write Dr.ZAKIR NAIK in search & listen to his speeches U will know about ISLAm & other REligions

      October 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    SIMPLE ANSWER: Pakistan needs to get off its butt and either kill or run terrorits into the ground! THEY are the ones responsible for allowing these terrorist's to live & breed in their country! Let the drones do the job, sorry about inocents, but again it is their fault!!

    October 24, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Vegas

      When you kill innocent women and children, the 'collateral damage' excuse doesn't fly with the locals. These murders only give way to new terrorists who now have a reason to kill that is just–even by American standards. Therefore, you have a string of perpetual terrorists who have a bone to pick with the United States. One day these people are going to get tired of this nonsense and respond in a way that won't be pretty.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. ronvan

    ANOTHER SIMPLE ANSWER: WE, the U.S.A. are upset over having to do drone strikes, but YOU have done NOTHING to get rid of terrorist's! Soooo, we will stop the drone strikes and in addition we are STOPP[ING all that money coming into your country!

    October 24, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. bigkev504

    Good...... less future terrorist.

    October 24, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hide Behind

    As the latest wave of Euro centric colonialism, which is just a more effecient colonialism. that began, in 1492 is close enough, it was mostly still their individual nation states that each carved up a portion of world, and anyone not of euro tribes not only culture and wealth but as a people either conformed to their captors standars or was exterminated.
    This latest. while still predominately whits euro centric I'm the fore is not so much nation states ss combined special interest financial interest on a global scale.
    It is not advancing the cultural and financial stanility of the peoples of world but just those of at most 1%.
    That citizens of the old euro centrics especially cheer their being reduced to nothing more than economic units, chattle and cattle, in this newest form of colonialism shows the mads of their people while donning the newest trappings of technology mentally are no more advanced than they were in the days of the Roman Empire.
    We are all collateral to be used and abused by the new Global Financial Emporers and revel in the debauchery of slaughter and mayhem as long as not directly aimed at us..
    Too ignorant to realize that as chattle we are now being redabuse of libertys but to a status of no more than well treated animals.

    October 24, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. sarath perera

    Its indeed pathetic. although the americans try to show to the world that they are concerned about the innocent people of pakistan in using drones why do they forget using military action against innocent people of Iraq in the pretext of MDW to exploit them. Uncle Sam can fool some always but not all always. It is a shame for a super power to be so selfish in throwing away the surplus wheat in the ocean to maintain the demand while hundreds and thousands die of poverty and starvation in some other corner of the globe. Generations after generation of genuine americans would defenitely curse their rulers for putting them into such a shame, the day they reaize what the average right thinking men all over the world realize as day light.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kenneth P




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    October 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocky

      Typical Pakistani. Cannot understand what is written, so lets abuse neighboring countries

      October 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jake

    Make no mistake. The talibanis use civilians as shield. The talibanis kill pakistani children with no regret. The taliban kidnap children and train them to become suicide bombers. The critique of the drones is simply hypocritical.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hide Behind

    The Taliban in Afghanistan and the nation of Afghanistan never attacked the US.
    The US and its euro economic interest used the pretext of A former friend of theirs bin Ladin a Saudi to invade and hold Afghanistan for economic and military dominence over all of Central Asia.
    It was and still is economics and humanitarian issues are no more thana pile of bs for the ones who profit to hide behind.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • rokon

      Everyone knows that and Americans are proud for doing this. GB was re-elected for second term when American knew he lied for them to bring money home.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • steven

      bs huh? well what you just said is the iggest BS of all!!! lol

      October 28, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    No. The CIA will catch the Muslim terrorist and send him to Gitmo before he can enter the White House. These Muslim terrorists are not particularly very bright - look at that Pakistani (or was he Bangladeshi) Mohammed terrorist who asked an FBI agent to give him a bomb!! Muslim terrorists are not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • rokon

      Yes, easy to catch Muslim terrorist and very difficult to catch Christian Terrorist ( Timothy McVeigh) and can't do anything if it is Israeli (USS Liberty incident) terrorist.

      October 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      All muslim terrorists, when captured, should be sent to Guantanamo for debriefing first, trial, and execution (period)

      October 26, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • steven

      you are right about that, but they are excellent bomb makers. they can make an ied just about out of anything.

      October 28, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bo

    Pakistani Muslim terrorists love living in Gitmo. So many Pakistanis have been living in Gitmo for years. Once they get in Gitmo, they do not want to leave because they find it so much better than living in Pakistan.

    October 24, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Innocent

      not in Gitmo but yeah in West and States you have good pretty white girls and yeah that we dont have in pakistan which makes us stay here:-).

      October 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rokon

    Americans should be proud of Obama. He is now killing future Terrorist (children) and mothers ( future mother of could be terrorist) of terrorist. However, it doesn't matter if Mitt becomes President. He likes to kill as well. Both can make Americans proud.

    October 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Profit

    The terrorist had the kids taped to himself so that he wouldn't die alone.

    October 25, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
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