The United States attacked Pakistan this morning with drone missiles that killed at least seven. Aljazeera reports that U.S. drone missiles hit a Pashtun tribal region near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The region is known for militant movement and activity. Local security officials report all those killed were members of the Haqqani network. The region is very mountainous, and the men were killed while gathered in one house.
Aljazeera also reported
US drones have fired missiles into troubled and inaccessible border areas such as North Waziristan, the main stronghold for rebel groups aligned with al-Qaeda and the Taliban, since 2004.
Pakistan has been hit by drones 141 times since 2011.
Earlier this year, Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, gave an estimate on the number of casualties resulting from U.S. drone attacks. Salon reported that Graham admitted U.S. drones have caused at least 4700 casualties. Graham was speaking to a South Carolina rotary club when he made the disclosure, and Salon added:
Graham’s figure aligns with estimates from groups included the U.K.-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), which has calculate that between 3,072 and 4,756 people have been killed by U.S. drones in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.