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U.S. Reaper drone
The Pakistani military, which is supposed to be assisting in the “war on terror” in neighboring Afghanistan, is threatening to shoot down U.S. Predator and Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, that strike Taliban targets in Pakistan’s tribal areas, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The Pakistani air force has been placed on high alert to begin intensive air patrols over the tribal areas. Reports out of Pakistan say that the orders were issued “at the highest level on an emergency basis, including cancellation of leaves of all personnel involved in air reconnaissance.”
Some sources say that the prospect of shooting down a U.S. drone is unlikely and may have been leaked to appease Pakistani nationalists incensed over air strikes.
However, Pakistan’s top military commander just denounced a recent airstrike in North Waziristan that resulted in “loss of innocent lives.”
Pakistani Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the chief of army staff, condemned the air-strikes last week in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, which is known to be a hangout for al-Qaida and allied terror groups.
There have been several UAV attacks there in which top al-Qaida commanders have been killed.
Kayani called the airstrike a “senseless attack” and an “aggression against people of Pakistan.” Until now, Kayani largely has been silent on the strikes, and never before has he commented on any one episode.
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