Give Peace a Chance? Thank but No Thanks!

Published in Daily Times on Tuesday December 13, 2011 as my weekly column BAAGHI

Pakistan’s ‘government’, it seems, is well on its way to ‘give peace a chance’ in compliance with the declaration of an unelected All-Parties Conference (APC) convened by the prime minister in September this year. The otherwise ‘hawks’ when it comes to relations with India, were all adamant to invoke John Lennon — the one from the ‘oh-so-bad-west’ — on the Taliban of Waziristan. A non-corrupt Punjabi Khan and a patriotic think-tanker succeeded in getting a lease of life for the militants continually battling with the Pakistan Army and persistently attacking the people of Pakistan and abetting attacks on the people of Afghanistan. The attempts towards ‘peace’ thus started with a new vigour, permanently sedating common as well as a basic sense of history.

And now we are told by the militants that not only are the talks underway, the government has also started taking confidence-building measures. Although denied by the government, Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, the Taliban spokesperson, has informed that 145 of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP’s) prisoners have been released as a goodwill gesture. The TTP’s claim of an underway peace dialogue holds a bit of ground keeping in view a brief lull in terrorist activities by the group for a couple of weeks. The lull could, however, be the terrorist winter, or it could be a strategy by the Taliban as claimed by Omar Khalid, the Taliban commander from Mohmand Agency. As per Omar’s statement that came last Saturday, TTP has been deliberately restraining itself from fresh attacks as part of a new strategy under which they will start guerrilla attacks in Mohmand Agency.

But there are some important questions here. If the talks are indeed underway, as per Maulvi Faqir who represents the Taliban of Bajaur, why is the government refusing to acknowledge the process? If talks are not being held by the government, who is talking to the Taliban on the government’s behalf? If there are absolutely no talks going on, why are the Bajaur Taliban adamant on leaking this ‘false’ information to the media? While denying the existence of any peace talks, the government at no time has denied the release of 145 militants, or at least one did not come across any such denial. If this is true, it is a formidable piece of information, the detail of which the people of Pakistan have a right to know.

The ‘Give Peace a Chance’ group might celebrate it as a victory but it surely is a devastating setback for peace and a blow to the families of innocent victims of terrorism these 145 militants perpetrated and who are now roaming freely as per reports. One wonders why these John Lennon fans keep raving about ‘there is no military solution’ every now and then when around a dozen times formal or informal peace deals have been sealed between the militants and Pakistan Army during the last 10 years. Every time the militants went back on their word and sabotaged the peace deals. Many a time these deals were secured in order to give breathing space to the militants who re-organised and consolidated themselves during the ‘shutdown’ periods only to re-emerge with new force and more lethal activities.

The model adopted here seems to resemble what Haji Zaman may have implied to help Osama bin Laden escape from his Jalalabad compound in 2001. Haji Zaman Ghamsharik, as he was known, was an Afghan warlord who fought against the Red Army in the 1980s with around 4,000 mujahideen under his command. When the Taliban increased their control in the 1990s, he fought against them and continued his operations against the Taliban from Pakistani bases after the conquest of Kabul by the Taliban. But on complaints of the then ruling Taliban, the government of Pakistan forced Zaman to leave the country (see, we know who to oblige and when!). After 9/11 and the NATO attack on Tora Bora, Zaman came back to Afghanistan from his self-imposed exile in France and started helping the US forces in capturing al Qaeda leaders. In one of such sieges in 2001, Zaman gave his famous 24 hours ultimatum to al Qaeda and the Taliban fighters to lay down arms. The rest is history. No one from the militants laid down anything except the farce of border security on the Durand Line.

The same sequence was repeated in 2002 after the inpouring of al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) militants in South Waziristan. While these militants were organising themselves in South Waziristan Agency, Pakistan’s security establishment kept conducting operations in the rest of the Agencies and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, killing mostly innocents. At the end of 2002, instead of carrying out decisive strikes against these foreign militants who were being joined by local youngsters, the Pakistani establishment started ‘giving peace a chance’. Under the agreement, the locals pledged to push the foreigners out. History shows the results of this ‘peace drive’: South Waziristan became a permanent hub of foreign militants.

Another deal between the Pakistani authorities and the militants is famous as the Shakai Peace Agreement between the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe of South Waziristan, Nek Mohammad, leader of the Taliban, and Pakistan’s security forces. When the Pakistan Army insisted on signing the agreed verbal agreement, Nek Mohammad went back on his word and refused to sign it. The agreement could not survive for even a couple of months. After Nek Mohammad’s death in a predator drone strike in 2004, the subsequent leadership of the Taliban in South Waziristan pursued the implementation of the Shakai Agreement afresh. The attempt, however, dissolved in thin air in a few months.

Similar was the fate with the Sararogha Peace Agreement of 2005 with the Mehsud tribe’s elders and Mehsud Taliban faction. The agreement fell flat after Abdullah Mehsud abducted two Chinese engineers and the Pakistan Army refused to give him amnesty. The North Waziristan Peace Agreement of September 2006 was yet another attempt to achieve a ceasefire between the Taliban militants and the Pakistan Army. Brokered by the governor of the then NWFP, Lieutenant-General Ali Mohammad Jan Orakzai, the peace agreement was a written document unlike the previous futile attempts at ‘giving peace a chance’ signed by the elders of the Utmanzai Wazir and Daur tribal elders. The agreement could only be achieved with the direct intervention of Mullah Omar through his trusted lieutenant Mullah Abdullah, an aspect that the Pakistan Army continues to deny. This agreement was unilaterally ended by the Taliban who announced the end of the Waziristan Peace Agreement in July 2007 in response to the military action on Lal Masjid (Red Mosque), Islamabad. In just two days after they ended the agreement, more than 60 innocent Pakistanis, including soldiers and security officials, died in four suicide attacks in Swat, Matta, Dera Ismail Khan, etc.

What all these peace agreements achieved was a temporary hiatus in terrorist attacks on Pakistanis (which could resume any time at the whim of the Taliban leaders), and an immense opportunity for the militant organisations to consolidate and organise themselves as well as enjoying impunity and freedom. The present attempt at ‘giving peace a chance’ is just another reward to the terrorists — a sabbatical — to re-energise, at the maximum. What do the ordinary people of Pakistan get? Some fiercer and lethal attacks after the Taliban sabbatical is over. Why give ‘peace’ a chance?

Open Letter to Hamid Mir


May 30, 2010

Dear Mr. Hamid Mir,

Much has been said and written about your audio tape since last two weeks. I have also read your rebuttal, your email, a message that got "leaked" – as is claimed by one of the blogs, in which you're (claimed to be) clarifying your position and Asian Tigers' position, and a recent letter to an international newspaper. I do understand how this whole business of terror-network is run in Pakistan, how many state or non-state actors and interlocutors are involved in umpteenth levels of negotiations and contact building, but still this is matter of grave concern for an ordinary citizen of Pakistan.

Let me reiterate Hamid sahib, that as a citizen of Pakistan, I'm the primary stakeholder of terror business. Its me (as in the citizen) who has greatest threat from the terrorist attacks at personal level, as well as at a collective level. Its us – common citizens – who have to face embarrassment and humiliation in foreign lands as green passport holders, when it comes to Pakistan's terror-craft. My country, its eroding honor, its international credibility and life of millions of its citizens are under direct threat. It is, thus, a matter of gravest concern for us to see into details of who is responsible and / or is accomplice in all this business, and who is benefitting from killing my country's people and axing its honor among the nations of the world. I hope you do understand and appreciate this point.

It makes me, moreover, absolutely shocked at and skeptical of the role of entire media or at least a section of media, when I see you – the man who does not mince his words while telling us how bad and corrupt is the government, how immoral it is on the part of Jamshed Dasti to present fake (although unproven by any court of law) educational degrees, and how incompetent it is on the part of Interior Ministry for not having been able to control terrorism. This loud voice against the ills of the society & the government, brokering with the terror network is definitely not a pleasant episode for most of the people of Pakistan, who trust all of the TVenngelists (you inclusive) for identifying weaknesses of politicians (it is understandable why you do not touch upon the corruption of many other institutions which are holy cow in our country).

Hamid sahib, we know each other at least as acquaintance since past few years and keep meeting and exchanging greetings in Islamabad's drawing rooms and parties. Based on your apparent verbal frequent assurances of being committed to democracy, citizens' rights and upholding of journalistic standards, we supported you throughout the movement for citizens' right to information and freedom of speech, in the wake of a ban on your program during Musharraf's regime. Although that ban won you and many other TVengelists much of the credibility and legitimacy as "principled" journalists who "did not bow before a dictator". But we somehow knew you had very close contacts with most of the terrorist outfits, not that you ever tried to hide it. Interviewing Osama Ben Laden is not an evidence against you, but being Taliban apologist throughout and promoting their agenda subtly in your program, definitely is. We knew you are a journalist, quite active so, and quite in the limelight so, and that by the token of being a "frontline" journalist, you need to keep contact with everybody especially those who can make news. But we never knew the extent to which you are / have been part of these networks. I'm still ready to give you concession of being an ambitious "investigative" reporter, if you kindly clarify yourself of all the charges – too heinous, grave and ugly to be kept yourself stuck with. Here go my questions Mir sahib:

  1. You have been telling us ever since this tape was released, that Daily Times has done a damage to you by unilaterally publishing a story about it. Then you said that the tape is concocted and President Zardari's PPP is behind it. Then you said its ISI doing it with you. Then you said you've met with the President and all doubts have been cleared and that PPP is not behind this tape. And then you said that the voice on the tape is not yours, it is machine produced. Well, if it is produced / manufactured by the machine, then there exists machines that can be used to detect if the voice is original or not. I don't think you need to worry about it much. And then you started a silence because the case is "sub judice". Well, there have been many other issues that have been sub judice but we kept on having the privilege of hearing you on all those issues. But still, respecting your decision not to speak on the tape issue, we wouldn't ask about it. But what we'd like to ask is, whether you spoke to a Punjabi Talib ever?
  2. Did you ever share the information about the upcoming military operation against North Wazirastan with one of these networks?
  3. Didn't you propagate religiosity among masses through your program?
  4. What do you think of Ahmadis / Qadiyanis? Do you really think they are worse than "Kaafirs"? And what do you mean by this? Are they, who're worse than kaafirs, liable to be killed?
  5. What do you now say, was Khalid Khwaja a CIA agent? How do you think a CIA agent should be dealt with? Should s/he be killed?
  6. Do you support the kind of jehad Taliban and other militant groups are waging? If no, why do you eel obliged to respect them like a revered soldier should be?
  7. Do you think those who wage war against the federation / state of Pakistan are punishable with treason? If yes, why do you support Maulvi Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid? Why do you call Rasheed Ghazi a shaheed knowingly that he was killed during his war with Pakistan army? Do you consider Pakistan Army, which is fighting these criminals terrorists, as "Baatil force" against which jehad is normally waged?
  8. You were among those TVangelists who pressurized the then government to start operation on Lal Masjid / Jamia Hafsa duo, but immediately after the operation, you started molding people's opinion against that action, in favour of the criminals who challenged the writ of the state. What do you say to explain it?
  9. You recorded a program immediately after the Lal Masjid operation was completed. You arranged the whole drama of a girl crying and ranting out emotional speech to emotionally charge the people against military operation on Jamia Hafsa, who in the beginning wanted the operation. Do you really think this kind of journalistic dishonesty is allowed when it comes to your cause?
  10. What exactly is your cause? Does it sync with the 'cause' of those militants you keep talking to?
  11. After months of this first program, you recorded another program with around a dozen more students of different Madrassas. During the recording you kept on influencing the participating students to get as angry as they can, against the operation on Jamia Hafsa / Lal Masjid. On whose orders / suggestions did you do so? If you did it on your own, what was your inspiration? Do you think the culprits of public violence were actually crusaders of Islam? And that they are / were worthy of respect?
  12. We heard you saying on the tape (for us – the citizens of Pakistan – the voice was yours unless proven otherwise) that Taliban could explode as many NATO trucks as they can. What is your personal belief? Should the terrorists explode / bombard NATO trucks to push them out of Afghanistan? Are you with terrorists for human killings whether or not they are of Pakistanis?
  13. We heard you listening on tape from that TTP representative that there would be more of suicide blasts in the country. You were neither shocked nor agitated. Do you think they're doing a right thing by bombing innocent Pakistanis to death? If not, why didn't you inform the authorities responsible for security? If you did, whom did you talk / write?
  14. Why do you think ISI is your enemy? What exactly have you done to invite ISI's wrath?

There are many such questions that emerge after hearing your tape. Can you please address them for the sake of record and reference so that your audience could not be led astray by those who want to malign you? Since you have an image at South Asia level, and keep portraying yourself as 'Amn ki Fakhta' when you're in India and in SAARC countries generally (unlike obviously your stance on Indo-Pak relations which you keep reiterating for local audience), I'm copying this email to senior journalists as well as prominent civil society activists, media houses and senior columnists from the region.

Awaiting your reply,

Marvi Sirmed


A Record of U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan

For the use of news analysts, bloggers and researchers, I have compiled following record of US attacks on Taliban on Pakistan's territory. I could gather the news items about a total of 84 drone (un-manned predator planes) attacks on Pakistan by US forces since June 2004 to Jan 2010. If you can add to it with a reference, please do. Your posts and comments are warmly welcomed. I hope this post is useful for the readers.

June 18, 2004

5 killed, including Nek Muhammad Wazir, near Wana, South Waziristan. Source Dawn

May 14, 2005

Haitham al-Yemeni killed in a strike near the Afghan border in North Waziristan. Source: Washington Post 

November 30, 2005

Al-Qaeda's #3, Abu Hamza Rabia, killed in an attack in Asoray, near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan. Source: Daily Telegraph 

January 13, 2006

An airstrike kills 18 in Damadola, Bajaur, but misses Ayman al-Zawahri. Source: Telegraph

April 26, 2007

4 killed in the village of Saidgai in North Waziristan. Source: AP

June 19, 2007

20 killed in the village of Mami Rogha in North Waziristan. Source: Washington Post 

November 2, 2007

5 killed in an attack on a madrasa in a village outside Miran Shah, North Waziristan. Source New York Times

January 29, 2008

Senior al-Qaeda commander Abu Laith al-Libi, as well as seven Arabs and six Central Asians, died in a missile strike that hit a village near Mir Ali, North Waziristan. Source: BBC

February 27, 2008

12 people killed in a strike near Kalosha village in South Waziristan. Source: Al Jazeera

March 16, 2008

16 killed in a strike in Shahnawaz Kheil Dhoog, South Waziristan. The dead included nine Islamist militants, including one Arab and two Turkmen fighters. Source: ITN

May 14, 2008

12 people, including Abu Sulayman Al-Jazairi, an al-Qaeda leader from Algeria, killed near the hamlet of Khaza, in the Damadola area of Bajaur. The missiles hit the compound of Maulavi Ismail, where militants had gathered for dinner. Source: Dawn 

July 28, 2008

South Waziristan missile strike in Zeralita, Azam Warsak, kills 6 al-Qaeda operatives, including Midhat Mursi, a notorious bomb maker who trained Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui. Originally form Egypt, Mursi ran the Derunta training camp in Afghanistan. Source: Reuters 

August 31, 2008

Missile strike on Al-Qaeda training camp in Tappi, Miramshah, North Waziristan kills two militants carrying Canadian passports, as well as six others, including two women. Source: Our Bombs

September 8, 2008

23 killed in Daande Darpkhel airstrike in Daande Darpkhel near Miranshah, North Waziristan. The targets of the airstrike were Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son Sirajuddin. Haqqani escaped, but 8 of his grandchildren were among the dead. Source: NYTimes

September 12, 2008

12 killed in Miranshah airstrike on two separate buildings. Seven Taliban are among the dead. Source: BBC 

September 30, 2008

6 killed in a strike near Mir Ali, North Waziristan. Source: Telegraph

October 16, 2008

Senior Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Habib, an Egyptian citizen, is killed in a strike near Taparghai, South Waziristan, along with five other al-Qaeda or Taliban members. Long War Journal

October 22, 2008

4 killed in a village near Miranshah by missiles fired from suspected US drone. Source: Reuters 

October 26, 2008

20 killed in a strike in Mandatta, South Waziristan. Top Taliban commander Mohammad Omar is among the dead. Source: BBC

October 31, 2008

20 killed, including Al-Qaeda operative Abu Akash and Mohammad Hasan Khalil al-Hakim (alias Abu Jihad al-Masri), after 2 missiles hit near Mir Ali, North Waziristan. Source: The Times of London  

October 31, 2008

In the second targeted assassination of the day, two missiles hit a house near Wana, the main town of South Waziristan. The building was a terrorist hideout, and up to 12 rebels died. Source: The Time 

November 14, 2008

12 killed in a strike in a village outside Miranshah. A Pakistani security official said that nine foreign militants – believed to be al-Qaeda fighters – were among those killed. Source: The Times 

November 19, 2008

Abdullah Azam al-Saudi, along with five other al-Qaeda militants, killed in Bannu district. US intelligence officials had identified him as the main link between Al-Qaeda's senior command and Taliban networks in the Pakistani border region with Afghanistan. Source: Newsweek

November 22, 2008

British-Pakistani al-Qaeda operative Rashid Rauf and 4 others, including Abu Zubair al-Masri, killed in a strike in Ali Khel, North Waziristan. Source: NYTimes 

December 22, 2008

At least 8 killed in South Waziristan by suspected US drone strike. Source: VOA

January 1, 2009

2 senior al-Qaeda leaders, Usama al-Kini and Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan, killed in a missile strike. Both men had long been on the FBI's Most Wanted list for their role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. Source: Fox News

January 23, 2009

In the first attacks since Barack Obama became US president, at least 14 killed in Waziristan in 2 separate attacks by 5 missiles fired from drones. Missile #1 hit a house in a village called Zarakai near the town of Mirali, North Waziristan. Source: BBC

January 23, 2009

In the first attacks since Barack Obama became US president, at least 14 killed in Waziristan in 2 separate attacks by 5 missiles fired from drones. Missile #2 was aimed at the house of a Taliban commander about 6 miles from Wana, South Waziristan. Source: BBC

February 14, 2009

More than 30 killed when two missiles are launched by drones near town of Makin in South Waziristan. Source: NYTimes 

February 16, 2009

Strike in Baggan village in the Kurram Valley kills 30, reportedly at a Taliban training camp for fighters preparing to combat coalition forces in Afghanistan. Source: Guardian

March 1, 2009

Strike in Sararogha village in South Waziristan kills 7 people. Source: BBC

March 12, 2009

24 killed in attack in Berju in Kurram Agency. Source: Dawn

March 15, 2009

4 killed in Jani Khel in Bannu district in North-West Frontier Province. Source: NYTimes

March 25, 2009

7 killed in attacks on 2 vehicles by two missiles in Makin area of South Waziristan. Source: BBC

March 26, 2009

A strike killed 4 militants in the Essokhel area, around 19 miles east of Mir Ali town in the North Waziristan tribal region. Source: Times of India

April 1, 2009

14 killed in Orakzai Agency tribal area. Source: BBC

April 4, 2009

13 killed in North Waziristan, 20 miles west of the region's main town of Miranshah. Source: Reuters 

April 8, 2009

4 killed in attack on a vehicle in Gangi Khel in South Waziristan. Source: Dawn 

April 19, 2009

At least 3 killed and 5 injured in an attack in South Waziristan. Source: BBC

April 29, 2009

Strike in Kanni Garam village in South Waziristan kills 6 people. Source: Dawn  

May 9, 2009

A strike in Sararogha in South Waziristan kills 6 people. Source: Dawn

May 12, 2009

A strike in Sra Khawra village in South Waziristan kills 8 people. Source: BBC

May 16, 2009

A strike in the village of Sarkai Naki in North Waziristan kills 25 people. Many of the dead were Pakistani militants belonging to a group led by Hafiz Gul Bahadar. A Pakistani intelligence official identified one of the Arab men killed by the drone airstrike as Asad al-Misri. Source: NYTimes

June 14, 2009

A strike on a vehicle in South Waziristan kills 5 people. Source: Reuters 

June 18, 2009

A strike in Shahalam village in South Waziristan kills 5 people. Source: Xinhua

June 23, 2009 #1

A strike in Neej Narai in South Waziristan kills at least 8 people. The remote area, about 65 kilometers north of the main district town of Wana, is under the control of Baitullah Mehsud's Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Source: Dawn

June 23, 2009 #2

An airstrike in Makin kills over 60 people but misses Baitullah Mehsud. Many of the dead were attending the funerals of people killed in air strikes earlier that day. The strike is likely the deadliest drone attack to date. Source: NYTimes 

July 3, 2009

US Drone kills 17 people and injures a further 27. Source: Press TV

July 7, 2009

A strike on a militant compound in the Zangarha area 9 miles north-east of the town of Ladha in South Waziristan kills at least 12 people. Source: BBC

July 8, 2009 #1

A strike on a hideout in Karwan Manza area, some six miles south-east of Ladha, kills at least 10 militants. and on a vehicle convoy in South Waziristan kills at least 50 people. Source: BBC

July 8, 2009 #2

In the second attack of the day, 40 militants died when five missiles hit a vehicle convoy on the main road between Ladha and Sararogha in South Waziristan. Source: BBC

July 17, 2009

A strike on a house in North Waziristan, 19 miles from Miranshah, kills 4 people. Source: BBC

August 5, 2009

A strike in the Zangar area of South Waziristan killed 12, including Baitullah Mehsud, his wife, and his wife's parents. The Pakistani Taliban leader's death was confirmed after weeks of uncertainty. Source: Guardian

August 11, 2009

A strike in Ladha village, South Waziristan, kills 10. Source: BBC

August 21, 2009

A missile strike on the village of Darpa Kheil, North Waziristan, reportedly targeting Sirajuddin Haqqani, kills at least 21 people. Source: BBC

August 27, 2009

A missile strike on the Tapar Ghai area in the Kanigram district of South Waziristan kills 8 people. One of the dead was reportedly Tohir Yo‘ldosh, leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. Source: BBC

September 8, 2009

Drone-fired missiles kill 10 in Dargamandi, North Waziristan. The attack may have killed al-Qaeda leaders Ilyas Kashmiri and Mustafa al Jaziri, as well as three Punjabi militants and two or three local Taliban fighters. Source: Al Jazeera

September 14, 2009

Drone-fired missile kills four people in a car 1.5 miles from Mir Ali in North Waziristan. Source: Military Times

September 24, 2009

Drone-fired missile kills up to 12 people in the village of Dande Darpa Khel near Mir Ali. Source: Military Times

September 29, 2009 #1

In the first strike of the day, a drone attack reportedly kills six Taliban, including two Uzbek fighters and Taliban commander Irfan Mehsud, in a compound in Sararogha village, South Waziristan. Source: Daily Times 

September 29, 2009 #2

In the second strike of the day, a missile killed seven insurgents in a house in Dande Darpa Khel village, North Waziristan. Source: Daily Times

October 15, 2009

U.S. drone missile kills at least four people in Darpa Khel in North Waziristan. Source: BBC

October 21, 2009

A U.S. drone missile killed two or three alleged militants in Spalaga, North Waziristan, in territory controlled by Hafiz Gul Bahadur. One of those killed was reportedly Abu Ayyub al-Masri (not the same as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the al-Qaeda in Iraq leader), an explosives expert for al-Qaeda and a "Tier 1" target of US counter-terrorism operations. Source: The Australian 

October 24, 2009

A U.S. drone strike kills 27 in Damadolla, inside Bajaur tribal agency. The 27 victims were reportedly a mix of Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives in a strategy meeting. The dead include 11 "foreigners." One of those reported killed is Faqir Mohammed's nephew, Zahid, and another is Mohammed's unnamed son-in-law. The meeting was apparently being held to decide on whether to reinforce South Wazaristan against Pakistani forces. Source: The Nation

November 5, 2009

2 killed in Miranshah, North Waziristan. Source: Turkish Weekly

November 18, 2009

4 killed and 5 injured in Shanakhora village of North Waziristan, 12 miles south of Miranshah. Source: AFP

November 20, 2009

8 killed in the Machikhel area near the town of Mir Ali. Source: BBC

December 8, 2009

3 killed in a car near Miranshah in North Waziristan, reportedly including 2 al-Qaeda members. Senior al-Qaeda planner Saleh al-Somali, a Somali citizen, is believed to have died in this strike. Source: BBC

December 9, 2009

Six killed in Tanga, Ladha, South Waziristan, four of whom are al-Qaeda — and two Taliban. Source: Long War Journal

December 17, 2009 #1

17 killed in 2 separate attacks in North Waziristan in an area controlled by Hafiz Gul Bahadur. In the first attack, two missiles hit a car near Dosali, killing two. Source: Military Times 

December 17, 2009 #2

In the second attack of the day, 10 missiles fired by five drones hit two compounds in Ambarshaga, killing 15 people. Unnamed sources stated that seven of the dead were "foreigners." Source: Military Times

December 18, 2009


3 killed in an attack in Dattakhel region in North Waziristan. Source: BBC

December 26, 2009

13 killed in an attack in Saidgai village in North Waziristan. Source: Xinhua 

December 31, 2009

At least 3 killed in an attack in Machikhel village in North Waziristan. According to The Frontier Post, senior Taliban leader and strong Haqqani ally Haji Omar Khan, brother of Arif Khan, was killed in the strike, along with the son of local tribal leader Karim Khan. Source: CNN 

January 1, 2010

A missile strike on a vehicle near Ghundikala village in North Waziristan kills 3. Source: Dawn

January 3, 2010

5 militants including 3 Arabs killed in an attack on Mosakki village around Mir Ali, North Waziristan. Source: Dawn

January 6, 2010

2 separate missile strikes one hour apart kill approximately 20-25 people in Sanzalai village, North Waziristan. The attacks were the deadliest since a suicide bomber killed 7 CIA officers and injured 6 others at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan, used by the CIA to coordinate drone attacks in Pakistan. Source: New York Times

January 8, 2010

A missile strike in Tappi village in North Waziristan kills 5 people. All the militants killed were local and attached to Taliban Commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Source: AFP

January 9, 2010

Strike kills one of FBI's most wanted terrorists: Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, a member of al-Qaeda and Abu Nidal. In total, 4 killed and 3 injured when 2 missiles are fired on a compound in Ismail Khan in North Waziristan, which is territory of the Haqqani network. Source: AP

January 14, 2010

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is said to be wounded in an attack that kills 15 militants in Shaktoi, South Waziristan. Source: CNN

January 15, 2010 

A drone missile attack killed five militants in Zanini, outside Mir Ali in North Waziristan. Source: AFP

January 15, 2010

Second missile strike of the day kills 6 in Bichi village in North Waziristan. Source: AFP

January 17, 2010

In the 9th drone attack of 2010, four missiles slammed into a house in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan. The house targeted was used by Usman Jan, head of the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Five Uzbeks were killed in the strike, and the rest were Pakistani Taliban. Source: AP 

January 19, 2010

Two missiles fired at a compound in the Booya village of the Datakhel sub-division, 20 miles west of Miranshah in North Waziristan kill at least 6 militants. Source: Voice of America

If you want to see the geographical distribution of the drone attacks, please watch on Google Map.

The approximate locations of U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan since 2004. Strikes prior to 2008 are yellow, those in 2008 during the Bush administration are red, and strikes during the Obama administration in 2009-2010 are green. Most strikes are on Pashtun villages in North and South Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the Afghan border.