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. . .