US drone strike kills four in Pakistan
Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:4AM
A US unmanned aerial vehicle
At least four people have been killed and five others injured in the latest non-UN-sanctioned US drone strike in troubled northwest of Pakistan, Press TV reports.
The assault took place in Baghar village of South Waziristan tribal district on Friday when the drone fired two missiles at a vehicle.
The US frequently carries out attacks by the unmanned aircraft on Pakistan's tribal regions, claiming the airstrikes target pro-Taliban militants.
The aerial attacks, initiated by former US President George W. Bush, were escalated under President Barack Obama.
Relations between Islamabad and Washington have soured over the unauthorized attacks with Pakistan insisting that the airstrikes violate its sovereignty.
US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday that there is growing support in the US Congress for expanding military options against militants in Pakistan beyond the drone strikes.
The senator added the options may include deploying bomber planes within Pakistan, rejecting, however, the idea of sending ground troops to the South Asian nation.
Graham's remarks come days after the US accused Pakistan of supporting the pro-Taliban Haqqani group blamed by Washington for conducting recent attacks on US embassy in Afghanistan.
Pakistan's intelligence chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha has warned that an "American attack on Pakistan in the name of (fighting) extremism is not acceptable," saying his country would be capable of responding.
The US has frequently asked Pakistan to do more in the so-called war on terror. Islamabad has, however, said it has sacrificed more lives than any other country in the US-led anti-terrorism campaign, adding its troops are stretched fighting Taliban militants.
Pakistan's ministry of human rights has reportedly asked the government to take the issue of the drone attacks, which it described as “extra-judicial killings,” to the United Nations and all international forums.