The United States government, led by the Central Intelligence Agency’s Special Activities Division, has made a series of attacks on targets in northwest Pakistan since 2004 using drones (unmanned aerial vehicles). Under the George W. Bush administration, these controversial attacks were called a part of the US’ “War on Terrorism” and sought to defeat the Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants who were thought to have found a safe haven in Pakistan. Most of these attacks are on targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Northwest Pakistan.
These strikes are mostly carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated remotely from Creech Air Force Base and have continued under the Presidency of Barack Obama.Generally the UAVs used are MQ-1 Predator and more recently MQ-9 Reaper firing AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. The drones have become a weapon of choice for the United States in the fight against al-Qaeda.Some media refer to the series of attacks as a “drone war”.Pakistan’s government publicly condemns these attacks but has secretly shared intelligence with Americans and also allowed the drones to operate from Shamsi airfield in Pakistan.
US Drone Strike Statistics
2004 – 2007
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June 18, 2004: 5 including Nek Muhammad Wazir killed in a strike near Wana, South Waziristan.
May 14, 2005: 2 killed including Haitham al-Yemeni in a strike near the Afghan border in North Waziristan.
November 30, 2005: Al-Qaeda’s 3rd in command, Abu Hamza Rabia killed in an attack by CIA drones in Asoray, near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan along with 4 other militants.
January 13, 2006: Damadola airstrike kills 18 in Bajaur but misses Ayman al-Zawahri.
January 16, 2007: Up to 30 Taliban killed in a drone strike in Salamat Keley, Zamazola, South Waziristan.
April 26, 2007: 4 killed in the village of Saidgi in North Waziristan.
June 19, 2007: 30 killed in the village of Mami Rogha in North Waziristan.
November 2, 2007: 5 killed in an attack on a madrasah in North Waziristan.
January 29, 2008: Abu Laith al-Libi killed in a strike in North Waziristan along with 11 other militants.
February 27, 2008: 12 people killed in a strike near Kalosha village in South Waziristan.
March 18, 2008: 16 killed in a strike in South Waziristan.
May 14, 2008: 12 including Abu Sulayman Al-Jazairi killed near village of Damadola, Bajaur.
June 14, 2008: US drones fired three missiles at a potential hideout of TTP leader Meshud, killing one person.
July 28, 2008: Midhat Mursi and 5 other Al-Qaeda operatives killed in South Waziristan.
August 12, 2008: Nine killed in four strikes in the area near Angore Adda in South Waziristan during a meeting of militants.
August 13, 2008: US drone strike on a compound run by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar killed Taliban commander Abdul Rehman, along with Islam Wazir, three Turkmen, and several Arab fighters. Up to 25 militants were killed in this strike.
August 20, 2008: US drones fire two missiles that hit a compound in South Waziristan, killing 8 militants.
August 30, 2008: Missile strike on Al-Qaeda training camp in South Waziristan kills two militants carrying Canadian passports.
August 31, 2008: US drones destroy a house in Tappi village in Miranshah, killing 6 people and injuring 8 including 1 woman and 1 child.
September 4, 2008: US drones fired missiles at a house in Char Khel in North Waziristan killing 4 people.
September 5, 2008: US drones fire three missiles, destroying a house which was potentially hosting Arab foreign fighters, killing at least six.
September 8, 2008: 23 killed in Daande Darpkhel airstrike, near Miranshah, North Waziristan.
September 12, 2008: 12 killed in Miranshah airstrike.
September 17, 2008: US drone attack in Baghar Cheena region of South Waziristan kills 5 militants including Al Qaeda operative Abu Ubaydah al Tunisi.
September 30, 2008: Six killed in a strike near Mir Ali, North Waziristan.
October 3, 2008: Two drone attacks hours apart in Datta Khel region of North Waziristan kills 21 militants including 16 foreigners.
October 9, 2008: US drone strike killed at least 6 militants including 3 Arabs in Tappi village near Miranshah, North Waziristan.
October 11, 2008: US drone strike at a militant compound in North Waziristan kills 5 people and wounds 2 others.
October 16, 2008: Senior Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Habib killed in a strike near Taparghai, South Waziristan, along with five other Al Qaeda or Taliban members.
October 22, 2008: 4 killed in a village near Miranshah by missiles fired from suspected US drone.
October 26, 2008: 20 killed in a strike in South Waziristan.
October 31, 2008: Two missiles fired by US drones kills 7 in Wana, South Waziristan.
October 31, 2008: 20 killed including Al-Qaeda operative Abu Akash and Mohammad Hasan Khalil al-Hakim (alias Abu Jihad al-Masri) after 4 missiles hit Waziristan.
November 7, 2008: US drones fire four missiles, killing up to 14 militants in Kumsham, North Waziristan.
November 14, 2008: 12 killed in a strike near Miranshah.
November 19, 2008: Abdullah Azam al-Saudi and 4 other militants are killed in Bannu district.
November 22, 2008: British Al-Qaeda operative Rashid Rauf and 4 others including Abu Zubair al-Masri killed in a strike in North Waziristan.
November 29, 2008: US drone strike on Miranshah, North Waziristan kills 3 people.
December 11, 2008: US drone strike in Azam Warzak, South Waziristan, kills 7 militants.
December 15, 2008: US drone strike in Tapi Tool region near Miram Shah, North Waziristan kills 2.
December 22, 2008: At least 8 killed in South Waziristan by suspected US drone strike.
January 1, 2009: 2 senior al-Qaeda leaders Usama al-Kini and Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan killed in a missile strike by U.S. drones.
January 2, 2009: US drone strike in Ladha, South Waziristan kills 4 people.
January 23, 2009: In the first attacks since Barack Obama became U.S. president, at least 14 killed in Waziristan in 2 separate attacks by 5 missiles fired from drones.
February 14, 2009: More than 30 killed when two missiles are launched by drones near town of Makeen in South Waziristan.
February 16, 2009: Strike in Kurram Valley kills 30, reportedly at a Taliban training camp for fighters preparing to combat coalition forces in Afghanistan.
March 1, 2009: Strike in Sararogha village in South Waziristan kills 7 people.
March 7, 2009: Taliban militants shot down one of the two UAVs over a village in South Waziristan.
March 12, 2009: 24 killed in attack in Berju in Kurram Agency.
March 15, 2009 4 killed in Jani Khel in Bannu district in North-West Frontier Province.
March 25, 2009: 7 killed in attacks on 2 vehicles by two missiles in Makin area of South Waziristan at 6:30pm.
March 26, 2009: 4 killed in Essokhel area in North Waziristan.
April 1, 2009: 14 killed in Orakzai Agency tribal area.
April 4, 2009: 13 killed in North Waziristan.
April 8, 2009: 4 killed in attack on a vehicle in Gangi Khel in South Waziristan.
April 19, 2009: At least 3 killed and 5 injured in an attack in South Waziristan.
April 29, 2009: US drone strike in Kanni Garam village in South Waziristan kills 6 people.
May 9, 2009: US drone strike in Sararogha in South Waziristan kills 6 people.
May 12, 2009: US drone strike in Sra Khawra village in South Waziristan kills 8 people.
May 16, 2009: US drone strike in village of Sarkai Naki in North Waziristan kills 25 people.
June 14, 2009: US drone strike on a vehicle in South Waziristan kills 5 people.
June 18, 2009: Two US drone strikes in Shahalam village in South Waziristan kills at least 13 people.
June 23, 2009: US drone strike in Neej Narai in South Waziristan kills at least 8 people.
June 23, 2009: Makeen airstrike kills at least 80 but misses Baitullah Mehsud in the town of Makeen, many of which were attending the funerals of people killed in the air strikes earlier in the day.
July 3, 2009: US Drone kills 17 people and injures a further 27.
July 7, 2009: US drone strike in Zangarha in South Waziristan kills at least 12 people.
July 8, 2009: US drone strike on a hideout in Karwan Manza area and on a vehicle convoy in South Waziristan kills at least 50 people.
July 10, 2009: US drones take out a Taliban communication center killing between 5–8 militants in Painda Khel, South Waziristan.
July 17, 2009: US drone strike on a house in North Waziristan kills 4 people.
August 5, 2009: US drone strike in South Waziristan killed 12, including Baitullah Mehsud, his wife, and his wife’s parents. The kill was confirmed after weeks of uncertainty over their fate.
August 11, 2009: US drone strike in Ladda village, South Waziristan, kills 10.
August 21, 2009: US drone strike on the village of Darpa Kheil, North Waziristan, reportedly targeting Sirajuddin Haqqani kills at least 21 people.
August 27, 2009: US drone missile strike on the Tapar Ghai area in the Kanigram (Kanigoram) district in South Waziristan kills at 8 people. One of the dead was reportedly Tohir Yo‘ldosh (Tahir Yuldash), leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
September 8, 2009: US drone fired missiles kill 10 in North Waziristan. The attack may have killed al Qaeda leaders Ilyas Kashmiri and Mustafa al Jaziri as well as three Punjabi militants and two or three local Taliban fighters.
September 14, 2009: US drone fired missile kills four people in a car 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from Mir Ali in North Waziristan.
September 24, 2009: US drone fired missile kills up to 12 people in the village of Dande Darpa Khel near Mir Ali.
September 29, 2009: Two missile attacks take place. In the first, a drone attack reportedly killed six Taliban, including two Uzbek fighters and Taliban commander Irfan Mehsud, in a compound in Sararogha village, South Waziristan. In the second, a missile killed seven insurgents in a house in Dandey Darpakhel village, North Waziristan.
September 30, 2009: US drones fire missiles at a Taliban compound and vehicle killing 8 in Novak, North Waziristan.
October 15, 2009: US drone missile killed at least four people in North Waziristan.
October 21, 2009: Alleged US drone missile killed two or three alleged militants in Spalaga, North Waziristan in territory controlled by Hafiz Gul Bahadur. One of those killed was reportedly Abu Ayyub al-Masri (not the same as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader), an explosives expert for Al Qaeda and a “Tier 1″ target of US counterterrorism operations.
October 24, 2009: Alleged US drone strike killed 27, in Damadolla , inside Bajaur tribal agency. The 27 victims were reportedly a mix of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives engaged in a planning and strategy meeting. The dead apparently included 11 “foreigners”. One of those reported killed was Faqir Mohammed’s nephew, Zahid and another was Mohammed’s unnamed son-in-law. The meeting was apparently being held to decide on whether to reinforce South Wazaristan against Pakistani forces, which Mohammed advocates, or exploit recent successes in the Nuristan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan, which Al Qaeda wishes to do.
November 5, 2009: 2 killed in Miranshah town in North Waziristan.
November 18, 2009: 4 killed and 5 injured in Shanakhora village of North Waziristan, 12 miles (19 km) south of Miranshah.
November 20, 2009: 8 killed in the Machikhel area near the town of Mir Ali.
December 8, 2009: 3 killed in a car near Miranshah in North Waziristan, reportedly including 2 Al Qaeda members. Senior Al qaeda planner Saleh al-Somali, from Somalia, is believed killed in this strike.
December 9, 2009: Six killed in Tanga, Ladha, South Waziristan, reportedly consisting of four Al Qaeda and two Taliban members.
December 17, 2009: 17 killed in 2 separate attacks in North Waziristan in an area controlled by Hafiz Gul Bahadur. In the first attack, two missiles hit a car near Dosali, killing two. In the second attack, 10 missiles fired by five drones hit two compounds in Ambarshaga, killing 15 people. Unnamed sources stated that seven of the dead were “foreigners.”
December 18, 2009: 3 killed in an attack in Dattakhel region in North Waziristan.
December 26, 2009: 13 killed in an attack in Saidgai village in North Waziristan.
December 30, 2009: A suicide bomber killed at least six CIA officers and seriously injured six others at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan, which is used by the Central Intelligence Agency to coordinate drone attacks in Pakistan. The Haqqani network claimed responsibility.
December 31, 2009: Four killed in an attack in Machikhel village in North Waziristan. According to The Frontier Post, senior Taliban leader and strong Haqqani ally Haji Omar Khan, brother of Arif Khan, was killed in the strike along with the son of local tribal leader Karim Khan.
January 1, 2010: Missile strike on a vehicle near Ghundikala village in North Waziristan kills 3.
January 3, 2010: 5 people including 3 Arabs killed in an attack on Mosakki village in North Waziristan.
January 6, 2010: 2 separate missile strikes one hour apart kill approximately 35 people in Sanzalai village, North Waziristan.
January 8, 2010: Missile strike in Tappi village in North Waziristan killed 5 people. It is alleged that all the militants killed were local and were attached to Taliban Commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.
January 9, 2010: 4 killed and three injured when 2 missiles are fired on a compound in village Ismail Khan in North Waziristan, territory of the Haqqani network.Mahmoud Mahdi Zeidan, bodyguard for al Qaeda leader Sayeed al-Masri, was reported killed in either the January 8 or 9 airstrike. Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim who was allegedly involved in hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986 was also reported killed in this strike.
January 13, 2010: Missile strike in Pasalkot village in a compound formerly used as a religious school in North Waziristan killed 15 people among them 3 militant commanders. The apparent target of the strike was, Hakimullah Mehsud, who reportedly left the compound before the attack occurred.
January 15, 2010: Missile strike in Zannini village near Mir Ali in North Waziristan kills up to 15 people, probably including Abdul Basit Usman, an al-Qaeda terrorist.
January 15, 2010: Second missile strike of the day kills 6 in Bichi village in North Waziristan.
January 17, 2010: Missile strike in Shaktoi area of South Waziristan kills at least 20 people. The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud sustained injuries in this attack. It was initially believed he died but it was later learned that he survived.
January 19, 2010: Two missiles fired at a compound and vehicle in Booya village of Datakhel sub-division, 35 km west of Miranshah, in North Waziristan kills 9 people.
January 29, 2010: 15 killed when drones fire 3 missiles on a compound belonging to Haqqani network in Muhammad Khel town in North Waziristan.
February 2, 2010: Up to 8 US drones fired missiles at 4 different villages of North Waziristan killing at least 29 people.
February 14, 2010: 5 killed in a strike near Mir Ali in North Waziristan.
February 15, 2010: Abdul Haq al-Turkistani, leader of the Turkistani Islamic Party, is killed by a drone missile strike in North Waziristan.
February 17, 2010: Three militants killed by a missile strike near Tapi, Miramshah, North Waziristan. One of those killed was reportedly Sheikh Mansoor, a commander in the Lashkar al Zil.
February 18, 2010: 4 killed in a strike in Northwest Waziristan including Mohammed Haqqani, the brother of Afghan Taliban commander Siraj who leads the Haqqani network. The missiles hit a vehicle belonging to Siraj that Mohammed was riding in, but Siraj was not in the vehicle at the time. Mohammed and Siraj were reportedly attending the funeral of Sheikh Mansoor, who had been killed by a drone strike the day before.
February 24, 2010: Missiles fired by a US drone killed at least 13 militants at a compound and at a vehicle in the Dargah Mandi area of North Waziristan. Among the dead include Bahadar Mansoor, head of Badar Mansoor group, and Rana Afzal, the man behind the FIA HQ bombing in Lahore. Mohammed Qari Zafar, the head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the person responsible for the 2002 and 2006 bombing of the U.S. consulate in Karachi was thought to be killed in this Drone strike but it was later proved that he survived the attack. He died on June 14, 2010 when he accidentally touched some explosives which set them off killing him in the ensuing explosion in a guesthouse he was staying in North Waziristan.
March 8, 2010: Three missiles fired by US drone aircraft killed five militants and wounded three in Miranshah. It is alleged that Hussein al-Yemeni (also called Sadam Hussein Al Hussami), an Al Qaeda terrorist who planned the Camp Chapman attack died in this strike.
March 10, 2010: Missiles fired from drones struck a compound and three vehicles in the village of Mizar Madakhel in North Waziristan. The attack killed at least 12 and as many as 21 militants. Five drones reportedly attacked in two waves. First, four missiles struck and demolished the compound. After local militants cordoned off the area and began recovering bodies, a second volley of missiles struck. Hafiz Gul Bahadar, a local Taliban leader and chief of the North Waziristan Shura, may have been killed in the strike.
March 16, 2010: Eight to ten militants were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan’s Datakhel area. The militants were reportedly al Qaeda fighters, mainly Afghan, but included two officials from Syria and Egypt.
March 17, 2010: Two US Drone strikes killed 9 militants. In the first attack, the drones fired four missiles at a vehicle and a militant hide-out in Miranshah, killing six militants. About 50 minutes later, drones fired 3 missiles at a vehicle in Madakhel, killing 3 militants.
March 21, 2010: US drone fires two missiles in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan killing at least eight people and injuring several others.
March 23, 2010: US drones fired two missiles on a militant vehicle parked outside a compound in the suburbs of Miranshah in North Waziristan. At least six militants were killed and three others were wounded.
March 27, 2010: Drone strike in Mir Ali in North Waziristan kills 4 militants.
March 30, 2010: US drone fired three missiles, destroying a compound owned by Zamir Khan, a local tribesman, and used by militants in the city of Tapi in North Waziristan killing six militants.
April 12, 2010: 2 missiles fired by a US drone kill 5 in North Waziristan.
April 14, 2010: US drone strike targeting a vehicle killed up to 4 people and injuring 4 others in Anbarshaga area of North Waziristan. All of the dead and injured were Arab militants.
April 16, 2010: US drones fired at least 7 missiles which hit two vehicles and a house in the Toolkhel area near Miramshah in North Waziristan killing 6 people and injuring 5 others.
April 24, 2010: US drones kill 7 militants in North Waziristan in the village of Marsi Khel near Miramshah.
April 26, 2010: Three missiles from drones strike a compound in the Khushali Toorkhel area, about 25 km east of Miranshah, North Waziristan, killing four or five. A Pakistani security official stated that those killed were militant followers of local rebel commander Haleem Khan. The official added that Khan has ties to regional Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur.
May 3, 2010: 4 militants are killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan.
May 9, 2010: 10 militants are killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan.
May 11, 2010: At least 24 militants are killed in two separate US drone strikes in which the US fired up to 18 missiles. The first strike occurred when missiles struck cars, homes and tents in the Doga area of North Waziristan killing up to 14 militants. Hours later another pair of missiles hit a compound in the Gorwek area of North Waziristan killing another 10 suspected insurgents, including the brother of a reputed Taliban commander, Maulvi Kalam.
May 15, 2010: At least 15 killed in Khyber Agency in the first such strike in this area.
May 21, 2010: US drones fired two missiles on a compound used by Afghan warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur and killed 10 people in Mohammad Khel, North Waziristan. Saeed al-Masri, the current 3rd in command of Al-Qaeda was killed in this strike along with his wife and 3 children. Other dead in this strike include two foreign militants, one of whom was reportedly Filipino. Five women and two children were reported injured.
May 28, 2010: US drone strike killed 11 militants and wounded three others in the Nazai Narai area of South Waziristan.
June 10, 2010: US drone strike killed 3 people in North Waziristan.
June 11, 2010: US drones fired 6 missiles on a housing compound near Miran Shah at the Afghan-Pakistan border, killing 15 alleged militants.
June 19, 2010: US drone fired a missile striking a house in Haider Khel village near North Waziristan’s Mir Ali town killing 16 militants. Al Qaeda leader Abu Ahmed Tarkash was among the dead.
June 26, 2010:A US missile strike killed 7 militants in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border. The missile, fired by an unmanned drone, destroyed a house near Mir Ali in North Waziristan. One of the dead men was a foreigner.
June 27, 2010: A drone strike in North Waziristan killed 5 militants.
June 29, 2010: US drone fired two missiles hitting a house near in Wana, South Waziristan killing at least 8 militants including Hamza al-Jufi an Egyptian militant belonging to Al Qaeda.
July 15, 2010: A drone strike in North Waziristan killed 14 suspected militants in a region under the control of Hafiz Gul Bahadar.
July 24, 2010: US drones fired two missiles at a militant compound in Nazai Narai area of South Waziristan killing 16 militants.
July 25, 2010: US drones fired two missiles and hit a double-cabin pickup carrying militants in Shaktoi village in South Waziristan. Taliban sources said 14 militants were killed and two others were injured in the attack. The militants belonged to the Hakimullah Mehsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
July 25, 2010: US drones launched their second strike of the day when two missiles hit a house where some militants were having dinner in Landikhel village of Srarogha Tehsil in South Waziristan. Four militants that belonged to TTP were killed and five others sustained injuries.
July 25, 2010: US drones launched their unprecedented third strike on the same day when they fired two missiles at a house in Taipi village near Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, killing 7 suspected militants.
August 14, 2010: US drone fired three missiles at a compound in Mir Ali, North Waziristan, killing at least 13 militants including Taliban commander, Amir Moaviya.
August 21, 2010: A US drone strike near Miran Shah, North Waziristan, kills 6 militants.
August 23, 2010: Missiles fired from US drones in North Waziristan kill 13 militants and seven civilians. Four women and three children are among the dead.
August 27, 2010: Missiles fired from US drones in the Kurram Agency hit 2 vehicle killing 5 suspected militants, the first such reported drone strike in the Kurram Agency.
September 3, 2010: 2 separate drone strikes kill 12–15 suspected militants in North Waziristan. The first strike was near Miramshah, killing six “local” militants according to Dawn. The second strike was near Data Khel, targeting the home of Gul Adam, and killed nine militants. SAMAA TV reported that a local Taliban commander named Inayatullah was reportedly killed in the strike.
September 4, 2010: US drones struck a compound in Datta Khel village in North Waziristan district killed eight militants including three foreign fighters.
September 6, 2010: A US drone strike in North Waziristan kills 6 suspected militants.
September 8, 2010: US drones launch four separate attacks in a space of 24 hours. According to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials: In the first attack, a house owned by Maulvi Azizullah, a member of the Haqqani network, in Dande Darpa Khel near Miranshah was struck killing at least 6 militants. In the second attack, drones fired missiles striking a car traveling a few miles from the border, killing four people associated with the Haqqani network. In the third attack, another house near the Miranshah area was struck killing another 4 militants. A few hours later US drones launched their fourth attack striking a compound outside Miranshah killing at least 6 militants and wounding 5 others. All told 24 militants have been killed in these 4 strikes.
September 11, 2010: A US drone strike on the house of Hafiz Gul Bahadur in North Waziristan kills 5 suspected militants.
September 13, 2010: A US drone fires two missiles at a house in Shawal, North Waziristan, reportedly killing 13 militants.
September 14, 2010: A US drone strike kills 12 militants in Dargah Mandi near Miran Shah, North Waziristan. The numerous strikes in September are reportedly part of a campaign against the Haqqqni Network. The drone strikes in Pakistan against the network are meant to support concurrent special operations raids against the network’s fighters in Afghanistan.
September 15, 2010: In an ongoing unprecedented drone offensive, a drone strike kills 4 militants in North Waziristan, including Saifullah Haqqani, first cousin of Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.
September 16, 2010: US drones fired missiles at a house in Datakhel area, killing six militants.
September 19, 2010: US drones fire missiles at a house in Datta Khel, North Waziristan killing 5 militants.
September 20, 2010: US drones launch two strikes killing a total of 12 militants in North Waziristan, the first volley hit a vehicle in the Datakhel region killing 5, the second hit a house in Miran Shah killing 7.
September 21, 2010: A US drone strike kills 16 militants in the South-North Waziristan border region, including Taliban commander Mullah Shamsullah.
September 25, 2010: A US drone fired three missiles hitting a vehicle killing 4 militants in Datta Khel village of North Waziristan. Among the dead was Sheikh Fateh Al Misri, Al-Qaeda’s new 3rd in command. Al Misri was planning a major terrorist attack in London, Paris or Berlin by recruiting British Muslims who would then go on a shooting rampage throughout these cities similar to what transpired in Mumbai in November 2008. The plan was thought to be its final stages and the stepped up drone campaign in September was done to disrupt and eliminate the key planners of this terrorist attack.
September 26, 2010: US drones launch two strikes against militants killing 7. In the first strike, drone fired three missiles at a house in Lwara Mandi village in Datta Khel, killing 3 militants. Minutes later, a drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in the same area, killing 4 militants.
September 27, 2010: A US drone strike in Miran Shah, North Waziristan, kills 6 militants.
September 28, 2010: US drone fired missile at a compound Zeba village, west of Wana, South Waziristan killing 4 militants.
October 2, 2010: US drones launch two separate strikes killing 17 militants. In the first attack drones fired two missile at a house in Datta Khel killing 9 militants including 4 foreigners. The dead were members of the Badar Mansur group, which is closely affiliated with Al Qaeda. Four hours later another strike occurred in the same area on a convoy of vehicles and a house killing another 8 militants.
October 4, 2010: US drones strike a mosque in Mirali, North Waziristan, reportedly killing 8 suspected militants of German nationality.
October 6, 2010: Two US drone strikes by Miran Shah, North Waziristan, kill a total of 11 militants.
October 7, 2010: A US drone strike on a compound in North Waziristan kills 5 militants, included one of the Al-qaeda leaders Atiyah Abd al-Rahman.
October 8, 2010: US drone strikes by Miran Shah, North Waziristan, kill a total of 6 militants according to an unnamed intelligence officials, who was not authorized to speak to the media.
October 10, 2010: Drones fire 4 missiles on 2 vehicles and kill at least 8 suspected militants in the Shewa District of North Waziristan.
October 13, 2010: Drone attacks kill 11 militants in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.
October 15, 2010: Two US drone strikes kill 13 suspected militants. The first drone strike killed six suspected militants in North Waziristan’s Machi Khel area. Officials said two missiles hit an alleged militant vehicle. Later this day the second drone strike killed 7 suspected militants in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.
October 18, 2010: A drone strike in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan kills 6 militants.
October 27, 2010: Two US drone strikes 12 hours apart killed 7 militants. The first strike was on a house of militant Nasimullah Khan which killed 4 militants. The second strike was on a vehicle in Datta Khel kill which killed 3 militants.
October 28, 2010: A US drone strike in the Datta Khel area kills 7 militants.
November 1, 2010: US-operated drones fired four missiles at a house in the Mir Ali District of North Wazaristan, killing five suspected militants.
November 3, 2010: US drones launch three seperate attacks killing 13 militants. In the first attack, drones fired two missiles at a vehicle in the Qutab Khel area of Miran Shah killing 5 Uzbek militants. In the second attack, missiles struck a house and a vehicle in Khaso Khel village, near Mir Ali, killing 4 militants. In the thrid attack, four missiles were fired hitting a vehicle in Pai Khel village in Datta Khel town, killing 4 militants.
November 7, 2010: Two US drones strikes kill a total 13 or 14 militants in the Miran Shah area of North Waziristan. In the first attack, drones struck a house and a vehicle in the town of Ghulam Khan, north of Miran Shah killing 9 militants. The second attack occurred an hour later in which drones stuck several vehicles in the neighboring town of Datta Khel, killing 4 militants.
November 11, 2010: A US drone strike kills 6 suspected militants in North Waziristan. The militants were reportedly Haqqani Network fighters returning from operations in Khost Province, Afghanistan.
November 13, 2010: A US drone strike kills five people in the village of Ahmad Khel in the Mir Ali area in North Waziristan. A Geo News correspondent reported from the attack site that the deceased seemed to be ordinary citizens, not terrorists.
November 16, 2010: Four drone-fired missiles hit a house and vehicle in Bangi Dar village of North Waziristan, killing 15 to 20 people, possibly including civilians.
November 19, 2010: One US drone strike kills 3 suspected militants in the region of North Waziristan.
November 21, 2010: A US drone strike near Miran Shah, North Waziristan, kills 6 suspected militants.
November 22, 2010: A US drone strike fired missiles at a car and a motorcycle in North Waziristan killing 5 alleged militants.
November 26, 2010: A US drone strike fired missiles at a vehicle in North Waziristan killing 4 alleged militants.
November 28, 2010: A US drone strike in Hasan Khel village, around 30 kilometers east of Miranshah kills 3 or 4 militants.
December 6, 2010: A US drone strike in Khushali village, North Waziristan, kills 5 people.
December 9, 2010: At least four unknown people are killed by a US drone strike on a vehicle in Mir Ali, North Waziristan according to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials who suspect that they are militants.
December 14, 2010: At least four suspected militants were killed by a US drone strike on a vehicle in North Waziristan.
December 15, 2010: US drone strike targeting a vehicle kills 7 suspected militants in Spin Drand area of Khyber according to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials.
December 17, 2010: At least 60 suspected militants were killed in 3 US drones strikes what is the highest death toll this year. According to security officials all the dead are suspected militants. – a claim that cannot be independently confirmed. The first strike occurred at a compound in Speen Drang where pro-Taliban militants from the Lashkar-e-Islam group were holding a meeting killing over 32. The second strike occurred in Nakai, Khyber hitting a compound killing around 15. The last strike occurred at yet another compound in Sangana, Khyber killing 6. According to unnamed official sources 39 of the killed belonged to Lashkar-e-Islam while 15 were Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. Extremist commander Ibn Amin was also killed in these strikes. He was a Taliban commander for the Swat valley.
December 27, 2010: Two US drone strikes near Mir Ali, North Waziristan kill a total of 18 unknown people who were allegedly militants according to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials.
December 28, 2010: Two US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal region Tuesday kill 17 people. The drones fired two missiles on a suspected militant hideout in the area of Ghulam Khan. Later, a suspected drone circled around the blast site and fired two more missiles. Six people were killed. The second attack was on an vehicle in the same area, killing four more people.
December 31, 2010: US drone missile strike kills 8 people near the town of Ghulam Khan in the North Waziristan tribal agency according to Pakistani security officials who suspect that they are militants.
January 1, 2011: US drones launched 3 separate strikes killing 18 alleged militants. In the first strike, drones struck at a Vehicle and a militant compound in Mandi Khel, near Mir Ali, North Waziristan killing 9 people who are believed to be militants according to anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials. In the second strike, drones killed 5 alleged Taliban insurgents. In the last strike, a vehicle was struck in Boya village, in Datta Khel, North Waziristan killing 4 militants.
January 7, 2011: According to anonymous Pakistani officials, a USA drone strike in North Waziristan killed at least four alleged militants.
January 12, 2011: US drones fired 4 missile at a compound in Haiderkhel village near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan killing 6 people.
January 18, 2011: A US drone strike kills at least five militants in North Waziristan according to anonymous Pakistani security officials.
January 23, 2011: According to anonymous Pakistani security officials, Three drone strikes killed around 13 suspected militants in North Waziristan. In the first strike, two missiles hit a vehicle and a house in Doga Mada Khel village, killing four people. Hours later, another drone fired two more missiles, killing two people riding a motorcycle in the same village. In the third strike, a militant compound was struck at Mando Khel, 60km south of Miram Shah near Razmak, North Waziristan killing 6 people.The same day around 2,000 tribesmen held a protest in Mir Ali, demanding an end to the drone strikes, saying they killed innocent civilians.
February 21, 2011: Anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials announced that three drone-fired missiles demolished a house in the village of Kaza Panga, Azam Warsak district, South Waziristan killing seven people, including several Arabs and Turkmen. Observers[who?] speculated that the month-long delay in strikes from January to February was in response to the arrest of CIA contractor Raymond Davis for killing two men in Lahore on January 27. Other reported possible factors in the absence of strikes are poor winter weather, a deterioration in communication and cooperation between the CIA and Pakistan’s intelligence services, increased skill by militants in concealment, and relocations of militants out of North and South Wazaristan into other areas of Pakistan, such as Kurram.
24 February 2011: Two separate strikes by drones kill 6 in North Waziristan.
8 March 2011: Drone strike in Landidog village in South Waziristan kills 5 militants according to Pakistani officials.
11 March 2011: 5 suspected militants killed in Ghorsaka area near Miranshah in North Waziristan.
13 March 2011: 2 missiles kill at least 6 people believed to be militants in Azam Warsak area of South Waziristan.
14 March 2011: 6 alleged militants killed near Miranshah in North Waziristan. Later in the day, another missile hit a vehicle near the Afghan border in Malik Jashdar in North Waziristan, killing three suspected militants.
16 March 2011: Unnamed Pakistani intelligence officials told AFP that a strike in Dattakhel in North Waziristan kills 5 militants. They also said that they do not know the identities of those killed in the strike.
17 March 2011: 48 are killed and 50 wounded when several missiles fired from American drone aircraft hit a location in Datta Khel airstrike in North Waziristan. Pakistani intelligence sources initially stated that strike mostly killed militants who were planning military insurgency operations in Afghanistan. Later reports including a statement by Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, claimed that most of those killed were tribal elders engaged in a peaceful meeting, and that the dead included children and policemen. Pakistani officials said the strike will intensify protests throughout Pakistan over the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis. The Punjab Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning the strike and demanded that the national government take a clearer stance on the issue. Parliamentarian Marvi Memon demanded to declare war on the United States. She suggested to order defence forces to launch a counter attack and said that it was the responsibility of the Pakistani government to protect its citizens. Sherabat Khan Wazir, a top commander of Hafiz Gul Bahadur’s Taliban faction, was killed in the strike, and in response Bahadur threatened to end the peace deal struck with the Pakistani government almost four years earlier. Public Multimedia later reported that the jirga did involve civilians trying to resolve a mining dispute, but that the Taliban, led by a “senior lieutenant” of Hafiz Gul Bahadar, was mediating the jirga. Ten of the Taliban at the Jirga were killed in the strike.
13 April 2011: Two aerial drones fired seven missiles in South Waziristan and killed six. Reports conflicted on the intended target. One report indicated that the attacks targeted members of a pro-army group led by Maulvi Nazir although the deceased were said to be ordinary tribesmen unaffiliated with Nazir. The AFP reported that the six dead were all Afghans and members of the Haqqani network. Pakistan strongly condemned the attack and lodged a strong protest with US ambassador Cameron Munter. The Foreign Ministry in Islamabad stated: “We have repeatedly said that such attacks are counterproductive and only contribute to strengthen the hands of the terrorists.” Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani said that Pakistan was also seeking the intervention of friendly countries to get the U.S. to stop the drone attacks. An unnamed American government source stated that the CIA had no plans on stopping “operations” against terrorist suspects in Pakistan, saying, “Panetta has been clear with his Pakistani couterparts that his fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, and he will not halt operations that support that objective”.
21 April 2011: At least 25 people, including 4 women and 5 children, were killed and about 10 other wounded in drone attacks in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. The target was a compound of houses belonging to the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group, a pro-army group in the tribal area. The women and children were in nearby houses. Days before the strike US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen clearly stated that North Waziristan is the hot bed for terrorists and accused Pakistan of not doing enough to combat militants. The Pakistani army rejected this as “negative propaganda” and Chief of Army Staff general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said: “In the war against terrorism, our officers and soldiers have made great sacrifices and have achieved tremendous success. The terrorists’ backbone has been broken and Inshallah (God willing) we will soon prevail.” The day after the attack Pakistan stops U.S using Shamsi Air Base in Pakistan’s Balochistan Province to fly drones. A senior military official told NBC News. “Yes I can confirm that Shamsi Air Base is no more under the use of Americans and the 150 Americans previously stationed there are now gone,” The base had been used for some time by the U.S to launch unmanned Predator drones against terrorist targets.
6 May 2011: 12–15 people killed and several injured at Dua Toi in the Datta Khel area 30 miles west of Miram Shah, North Waziristan in the first such attack since the killing of Osama Bin Laden. An unnamed Pakistani official said the missiles hit a car and a compound belonging to Hafiz Gul Bahadar, and that four of those killed were “foreigners”.
10 May 2011: 4 suspected militants killed in an attack near Angoor Adda village in South Waziristan. According to Public Multimedia, two missiles hit a vehicle in village, wounding four others in addition to those killed. An unnamed Pakistani official said three of those killed were “Arabs”. The area hit is under the control of Mullah Nazir.
12 May 2011: 5–8 suspected militants killed when a US drone fired two missiles into a vehicle in Pakistan’s tribal district of North Waziristan. The Long War Journal reported that Pakistani officials stated that some of those killed were “foreigners”.
13 May 2011: 5 killed when at least 4 missiles strike a vehicle in Doga Madakhel village of North Waziristan.
16 May 2011: 2 strikes in Mir Ali in North Waziristan kill 10 suspected militants.
20 May 2011: 2 missiles fired by drones kill 6 people in North Waziristan.
23 May 2011: Drone strike on a vehicle on the outskirts of Mir Ali in North Waziristan kills 7 suspected militants.
3 June 2011: Drone strike in Ghwakhwa area of South Waziristan kills 9 militants. Top ranking Al-qaeda militant Ilyas Kashmiri is reported killed.
6 June 2011: Three drone strikes kill 16-21 people. Unnamed Pakistani intelligence officials claimed that they were suspected militants. Other witnesses said that some were “Arabs” and seven were civilians. CNN could not independently confirm the identities of the people killed. The Long War Journal reported that unnamed Pakistani officials stated that seven of those killed were “Punjabi Taliban” as well as several Arabs, Uzbeks, and one Turk.[not in citation given]
8 June 2011: Five missiles strike a militant compound in Zoi (or Zoynarai) village in Shawal region of North Waziristan, near the border with South Waziristan, killing 15-23 suspected militants”. Senior unnamed Pakistani officials as well as local officials confirmed the strike. This claim that has not been independently verified as the media are denied access to the area. In response to a series of strikes against their group a spokesman for Taliban leader Maulvi Nazir announced that his group would send more people into Afghanistan to fight U.S. forces as they had no capability to shoot down drones over South Waziristan.
15 June 2011: Two strikes by drones in South Waziristan and one in North Waziristan kill 15 suspected militants according to Pakistani intelligence officials. According to The Long War Journal, the strike near Wana in South Waziristan reportedly killed 10 fighters from Mullah Nazir’s army. In the other strike, near Miranshah in North Waziristan, five “militants” were killed.
20 June 2011: 9-12 suspected militants killed in the Kurram tribal area.
27 June 2011: Missile strikes from two US drones killed at least 21 suspected militants in Pakistan’s South Waziristan on Monday, Pakistani officials said. The first strike against a moving vehicle in Ghalmandi Panga village reportedly killed eight suspected militants. The second strike a few hours later reportedly hit a militant training center in Mantoi, killing 13 suspected millitants according to an intelligence official who declined to be identified. Reuters stated that “There was no way to verify the deaths independently”.
29 June 2011: Pakistani government officials publicly ordered the US to remove all of its personnel from Shamsi Airfield, reportedly still in use as a base for drone strikes. However unnamed U.S. officials told Reuters that United States has rejected these demands and there are no plans to vacate the base.
5 July 2011: Four killed and 5 injured in a strike on a militant hideout near Mir Ali in North Waziristan. According to two local tv station in Pakistan based on unnamed official sources, Saif Ullah, an Australian and al Qaeda supporter, was killed in the strike. However, there is no official confirmation for his death.
11 July 2011: Drone strikes near Gorvak village in North Waziristan kill 12 suspected militants according to Pakistani Intelligence officials. Over the next 24 hours several more attacks lead to the death of 45-61 suspected militants. The strikes sparked panic among people in the area and the death toll is the second highest since the beginning of the airstrikes.
12 July 2011: 23 suspected militants were killed in South Waziristan, followed by a drone strike on a vehicle in North Waziristan, resulting in the deaths of 7 suspected militants, bringing the total death toll to 30.
21 July 2011: 4 people were reportedly killed in a strike in Khushali Toori Khel area of North Waziristan.
1 August 2011: 4-6 alleged militants are killed and at least seven other people are injured when two vehicles are hit by two drone-launched missiles near Azam Warsak, 15 kilometers west of Wana, South Waziristan. According to the Long War Journal, that area is controlled by Taliban leader Maulvi Nazir.
10 August 2011: Two drone-launched missiles hit a house 3 km east of Miran Shah, North Waziristan, killing 21 militants, 14 of whom were members of the Haqqani Network. The rest of those killed were Arabs and Uzbeks, according to unnamed Pakistani intelligence officials who were not authorized to speak to the media.
15 August 2011: According to unnamed Pakistani officials 4 suspected militants were killed near Miranshah after 2 missiles fired by Drones. The identity of those killed is unclear.
19 August 2011: Four suspected militants killed in suspected drone attack in Sheen Warsik in South Waziristan according to Pakistani officials.
22 August 2011: According to unnamed Pakistani officials a suspected U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan killed 4 suspected militants including Al-Qaeda’s second in command Atiyah Abd al-Rahman.
4 September 2011: 7 suspected militants killed in a drone strike in North Wazirstan.
11 September 2011: Abu Hafs al Shari, Al-Qaeda’s operational chief and the replacement for Atiyah Abdel Rahman, was killed along with 3 other militants by a US drone strike on a vehicle and compound in Hisokhel in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.
12 September 2011: Two militants killed in a drone strike on their vehicle in the Esokhel area of North Waziristan. One of the dead was reported to be Hafeezulla, a commander in the Haqqani network. In another strike the same day three people were killed in an attack on a house near Mir Ali.
23 September 2011: 6 Haqqani network insurgents, including 4 Central Asians, were killed in a drone strike on a house in North Waziristan.
27 September 2011: 3 people are killed in a strike on a house in Azam Warzak, South Waziristan. Unnamed security officials who were not authorized to talk with reporters said they were militants while other sources said the militants escaped. The village is in the territory of Taliban leader Mullah Nazir and reportedly, according to the Long War Journal, serves as a transit point for insurgent fighters into and out of Afghanistan.
30 September 2011: 3 suspected militants killed in a strike Baghar Cheena area of South Waziristan.
13 October 2011: Two separate drone strikes killed a total of seven suspected militants in Waziristan. The first strike in Dande Darpa Khel village in North Waziristan killed four including Jan Baz Zadran, a logistics commander for the Haqqani network. The second strike killed three suspected militants in the town of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan who were launching rockets into Afghanistan.
26 October 2011: A US drone strike in South Waziristan killed 13-22 militants, including Taj Gul Mehsud, a close aid to the TTP.
27 October 2011: A US drone strike targeted Maulvi Nazir’s faction of the Taliban in the Warsak area of South Waziristan. Four, including Nazir’s younger brother, were killed.
27 October 2011: In a separate attack, a drone fired missiles into an alleged militant hideout near the North Waziristan town of Mir Ali, killing six men.
30 October 2011: Suspected US drones fired six missiles at a vehicle in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, killing six alleged militants.
31 October 2011: Three people including two boys, Tariq Aziz and his 12-year old cousin Waheed Khan were killed in a US drone strike in the Miranshah area North Waziristan. Prior his dead 16-year old Tariq Aziz had helped the Bureau of Investigative Journalism document civilian casualties caused by drone strikes. Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith said: “I met this lad Tariq last week, and he was no more a terrorist than my mother.”
3 November 2011: Three men, suspected as being Haqqani network militants, killed in North Waziristan.
15 November 2011: 6 or 7 suspected militants were killed when a drone fired two missiles on a suspected militant compound in Miranshah Bazaar, part of the town of Miranshah, North Waziristan.
16 November 2011: 16 people, at least two of whom were TTP militants, were killed after about six missiles from drones targeted a compound in the Babar area of Sararogha Tehsil, South Waziristan.
17 November 2011: 6 suspected militants killed in a strike near Razmak in North Waziristan.