First Drone Strike of the Year, Maulvi Nazir Down

Today marks the fist drone strike of 2013 in Pakistan. And a high-ranking Taliban commander, caught in the hellfire, perished in the missile strike:

Maulvi Nazir playing XBox

Maulvi Nazir playing XBox

The commander, Maulvi Nazir, was among nine people killed in a missile strike on a house in the village of Angoor Adda in the South Waziristan tribal region near the border with Afghanistan late Wednesday night, five Pakistani security officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

At least four people were killed in a separate drone strike on Thursday morning near Mir Ali, the main town of the North Waziristan tribal region.

Maulvi Nazir playing XBox

Maulvi Nazir playing XBox

America’s use of drones against militants in Pakistan has increased substantially under President Barack Obama and the program has killed a number of top militant commanders over the past year.

But the drone strikes are extremely contentious in Pakistan, seen as an infringement on the country’s sovereignty.

So sad, too bad. . .

6 thoughts on “First Drone Strike of the Year, Maulvi Nazir Down

  1. What a shame… That is, the poor AF guys who have to work so close to New Years and Christmas. Maybe if the Pakistanis were working as hard as those guys at catching/killing the Talibans, there wouldn’t be any need for drones to cross into their airspace and fire Hellfires in their country?

    • Gotta hand it to the AF, they are great at these operations. And good point, the Pakistanis do not appear to be putting in a good effort at their end. . .

  2. Well, Navy One, once the Chinese or even the Russians back engineer one of these drones …and we’re all awaiting eagerly the capture of one such device by those wily sorts, the Taliban can have their own ….although I can imagine them purchasing such a device that would backfire and go back to the originator to explode, taking them all out. Perfect….a random thought based on my own personal feelings on the subject…..k

    • I surely hope not. Experience shows the Taliban to be wily in short-fused activities such as surprise attacks or planting IEDs. Not in long-term drone flying. Where will they get the fuel, get the training, etc. Or perhaps I am optimistic. . .

      • Well, it’d probably be for the best if they did start spending their money on drones. Let’s face it, they’d hardly be able to keep even 10% operational for more than a month or so, they’d have guys who’ve been trained to fly them and are thus HVTs, and considering which side has the advantage in electronic warfare, tracking and shooting down air planes, I think it’s safe to assume that what few the Talibans could actually operate would be shot down, as well as the guys flying them.

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