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David Wood
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U.S. robot drones fired missiles Monday at a compound and several vehicles deep in Taliban-controlled territory inside Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal agency (along the border with Afghanistan), according to reports from the region.

Pakistani intelligence officials said 21 insurgents were killed in the strikes at Mir Ali, including several who died when their truck was hit by a missile, which detonated numerous secondary explosions, al Jazeera reported.

U.S. missile attacks, conducted by the CIA, are running at almost double last year's pace. So far this year, 113 missiles have struck targets in the border regions where terror groups and insurgents, including al-Qaeda, maintain bases and camps. Pakistan has resisted U.S. pressure to move against these groups, some of which it has supported for years as a strategic hedge in Afghanistan and as a regional counterweight to Indian influence. Pakistan has repeatedly refused to allow U.S. ground forces access to the region, although it has given tacit permission for the covert missile strikes.

In public, however, Pakistan officials loudly condemn the drone operations, and Monday's missile strikes came just a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Yusef Raza Gilani again complained about such attacks, asserting that they are killing innocent Pakistani civilians.

Mir Ali is known as a hub of al-Qaeda activities, according to Bill Roggio, an expert on the U.S. clandestine war in Pakistan and managing editor of The Long War Journal.

In a report Monday, Roggio said Mir Ali is under the sway of Abu Kasha al Iraqi, "an al-Qaeda leader who serves as a key link to the Taliban and supports al-Qaeda's external operations network. Mir Ali is a known hub for al-Qaeda's military and external operations councils. In addition to al-Qaeda, Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadar and the Haqqani Network also operate in the Mir Ali area.''

Roggio said other Islamist radical groups are also based in the region, including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Islamic Jihad Group, the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and a number of Pakistani and Central and South Asian terror groups.

According to Roggio, 18 senior leaders of al-Qaeda and other insurgent groups have been killed this year in missile strikes.

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I agree with those who say this war can only be won if we totally commit to it. Our troops today have so many rules for not inflicting civilian casualties that they can never win. Plus fear of being court marshalled for civilian deaths hangs over their heads every day. I say around the clock bombings and let our troops do what they are trained to do--kill the enemy anyway possible.

December 27 2010 at 11:15 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

We don't need a few stepped up drone attacks. They don't make enough impact and cost too d@m much for sustained use. What we need is a total war concept. It's time to line up the B-52s for some "Rolling Thunder" style round the clock bombing. Make nightly passes with "Puff" C-130 gunship action as they try to use the cover of night. Add a few artillery units and pound those ridge lines and areas where they hide until they can't sleep. Until we are willing to inflict upon upon them so much damage as to make their normal life impossible, we are not going to win. War is not for nice people and rules. The very nature of war is to "break" the rules. Attack their supply chains, mine their roads and supply trails. If they want blood, show them theirs.

December 27 2010 at 9:55 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gmd1236641's comment

Ofcourse you are correct but this administration does not have the will or the philosophical capability to do what is necessary. How many American airmen were lost when the liberals were directing the actions of the troops during viet nam? If a conservative president tried to do what was necessary, the liberal press would show up on the battlefield documenting every mistake or bit of collateral damage to every mud hut they could find. They won';t criticise a liberal president who can;t do the right thing and viciously attack anyone that will.

December 28 2010 at 6:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

We need a continuous rain of these missiles to decimate the Taliban and Al Qaida wherever they are, along with dozens more covert activities against the insurgency.

December 27 2010 at 9:27 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

Until the US develops the same mindset as the enemy we will never win this war. A few drone strikes only worsens the situation. The enemy has a goal to kill civilians, politicians, solders, generals and anyone that even resembles as they describe an Infidel. To win this conflict you have to make it so miserable for them they will no longer be able to be offensive. War is terrible and to win them you have to destroy the willingness to resist by any means at our disposal, or bring em' home.

December 27 2010 at 9:01 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Don jr

First we are not at war with Pakistan. Second who in their right mind trusts the CIA? "Oh, they might one day kill us all with something bad...” We are letting the same people that looked the other way during 911 to kill people that are just thinking about trying to stop us from completely destroying everything, they have ever had and or will have. We are killing people that are trying to stop us from occupying their country. The More we kill. The more we have to kill. You would think that the European Gipsy’s before WWII would just be screaming STOP! Maybe The Poles should be saying STOP, or the Jews.....Seems like I have heard of this before. Mind kind may never make it past "Kill them, Kill them all.” Then that day a truly Good man will be evil.

December 27 2010 at 8:40 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Don jr's comment

Bleeding heart liberals like you are why we are over there in the first place, You just don't get it do you, the extremist are looking to kill every infidel they can get their hands on. You need to talk to the family members that have lost loved ones that have lost their heads to some fanatic wiht a dull knife, then come talk to me.

December 28 2010 at 6:05 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

You are niave. You don;t have any concept of military operation, and as far as your interpetition of history, the jews rose up against the Germans and fought them in the ghetto as best they could until they were killed or deported..go read a history book, you might learn something. If you don;t know how to read, watch the history channel.

December 28 2010 at 6:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would mind a tax increase if they promise to put it towards more drones

December 27 2010 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

END all Foreign Aid....period. America's economic situation demands it, and those who we send American taxpayer's money to just resent us. Our children need not be debt-slaves or cannon fodder to forein interests. Charity, and patriotism,
begin at home. America first!

December 27 2010 at 6:03 PM Report abuse +24 rate up rate down Reply

Let's define 'innocent Pakistani's'. The way I see it, if you don't want to become collateral damage because 'bad guys' are being attacked in your neigborhood then (1) kick them out yourself or (2) move until they are removed by someone else! If you haven't the good sense or the motivation to do either of those two things, then just maybe your not so innocent in the first place.

December 27 2010 at 5:06 PM Report abuse +26 rate up rate down Reply
cool bill

The last crusades took two hundred years and the European Crusaders finally gave up and returned to Europe defeated, empty handed and BANKRUPT!!!

December 27 2010 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

Blowing up the enemy at a time of "war" usually there an outcry from some group saying we have no right to blow up people that blow us up.

December 27 2010 at 4:32 PM Report abuse +25 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to taylorsiding1's comment

I'm sorry. Just how many Pakistanis, Iraquis and Afgans were on those planes on September 11, 2001?

Hint: None.

Who's blowing up who, now?

December 27 2010 at 4:58 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply

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