US attack in Pakistan kills children and undermines its sovereignty

Irish Times
03.09.2008

Suspected US commandos from Afghanistan killed 20 people, including women and children, in a pre-dawn raid inside Pakistan, officials said, an attack branded as an assault on the nation’s sovereignty.

The attack is likely to spark uproar in Pakistan, where it will be seen as undermining sovereignty at a time when a new civilian government is struggling to assert authority in the turbulent nuclear-armed state.

“It is outrageous,” Owais Ahmed Ghani, governor of North West Frontier province, said in a statement.

“This is a direct assault on the sovereignty of Pakistan and the people of Pakistan expect that the armed forces … would rise to defend the sovereignty of the country and give a befitting reply,” he said.

Security officials in the region said they suspected US soldiers backed by helicopter gunships mounted the attack.

A spokesman for a separate US-led coalition force declined to comment, referring questions to the US Central Command.

Since the emergence of a civilian-led government following elections in Pakistan in February, there has been mounting concern that us military operations were becoming more aggressive in the tribal lands bordering Afghanistan.

The number of missile attacks launched by pilotless drone aircraft have multiplied[…]

“Troops came in helicopters and carried out action in three houses,” said Angor Adda village shopkeeper Gul Nawaz.

Other residents said the foreign troops detained some people and took them away.

us-operated drone aircraft have launched attacks in Pakistani border regions several times this year, killing dozens[…]

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