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 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7975871.stm

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.

What's Common Between Taliban and US Forces?



Guess what is common between US forces and Taliban?

Yes, its God. If Muslims’ God shows face of apocalyptic violence, the Christians’’ God surely says: “And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them” (7:2)

Isn’t it a pity that the tools introduced by the religion for the collective good of humankind, have been used for the collective annihilation. If Taliban are trying to establish the rule of God through human bombs, the US forces are also trying nip the Taliban evil through God!

Interestingly, a news item that appeared in MSNBC’s US Military News Section described the US Defense Firms as seeing through God. According to the news story, the combat rifle sights used by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan carry references to Bible verses, stoking concerns about whether the inscriptions break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops.

The story cites the military officials as saying that the citations did not violate the ban and that they would not stop using the telescoping sights, which allow troops to pinpoint the enemy day or night. The contractor that makes the equipment, Trijicon of Wixom, Mich., said the U.S. military has been a customer since 1995 and the company has never received any complaints about the Scripture citations. Tom Munson, Trijicon’s director of sales and marketing said in an interview that the company was not interested to publicize it as it was not something they made a big deal out of. But when asked, he said, then “we say yes, it’s there.”

In a statement Tuesday, the company defended the practice as part of their faith and belief in service to their country. “Our effort is simple and straightforward: to help our servicemen and women win the war on terror and come home safe to their families,” the statement said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “As long as we have men and women in danger, we will continue to do everything we can to provide them with both state-of-the-art technology and the never-ending support and prayers of a grateful nation.” Well that raises question in my mind, how then are Taliban so different? They are also presumably fighting for their religion, their faith and their people! No?

O yes, I should recognize a fundamental difference here, the US forces don’t kill their own people, while Taliban and all the forces supporting them in Pakistan, are so comfortable in doing and/or justifying suicide attacks on Pakistanis! Back in America, the inscriptions on the arms are subtle and appear in raised lettering at the end of the stock number. Trijicon’s rifle sights use tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, to create light and help shooters hit what they’re aiming for. Markings on the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, one of the company’s most advanced models, include “JN8:12,” a reference to John 8:12 which says:

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”

The Trijicon Reflex sight is stamped with 2COR4:6, a reference to part of the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians:

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

Is it being used as a propaganda tool? Photos posted on a Defense Department Web site show Iraqi forces training with rifles equipped with the inscribed sights. The Defense Department is a major customer of Trijicon’s. In 2009 alone, the Marine Corps signed deals worth $66 million for the company’s products. Trijicon’s scopes and optical devices for guns range in cost from a few hundred dollars to $13,000, according to the company’s Web site.

Mikey Weinstein, President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, says the Biblically inscribed sights could give the Taliban and other enemy forces a propaganda tool: that American troops are Christian crusaders invading Muslim countries. “I don’t have to wonder for a nanosecond how the American public would react if citations from the Koran were being inscribed onto these U.S. armed forces gun sights instead of New Testament citations,” Weinstein said. The foundation is a nonprofit watchdog group opposed to religious favoritism within the military. Weinstein said he has received complaints about the Scripture citations from active-duty and retired members of the military. He said he couldn’t identify them because they fear retaliation.

Here comes a longstanding issues of the inscription, ‘In God We Trust’ on US Military’s arms and other items of routine usage. The issue has been one of the grave concern to the progressive and secular intelligentsia of USA as well as for the US Atheist Association, for quite some time now. While the “godless” see it as propagation of religion-induced violence, the progressives maintain that the inscription gives US Military actions the cover of religion. A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which manages military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the inscribed sights don’t violate the ban on proselytizing because there’s no effort to distribute the equipment beyond the U.S. troops who use them.

“This situation is not unlike the situation with U.S. currency,” said the spokesman, Air Force Maj. John Redfield. “Are we going to stop using money because the bills have ‘In God We Trust’ on them? As long as the sights meet the combat needs of troops, they’ll continue to be used.” The Marine Corps and the Army did not respond to e-mails from The Associated Press requesting comment on the Trijicon sights. Munson, Trijicon’s sales director, said the practice of putting Bible references on the sites began nearly 30 years ago by Trijicon’s founder, Glyn Bindon, who was killed in a plane crash in 2003. His son Stephen, Trijicon’s president, has continued the practice.

Whatever the logic behind these inscriptions might be, but it sounds so like, killing god through god! Monotheists are strange creature!