By Barry Grey
17 February 2009
The United States on Monday carried out its second missile strike in three days inside Pakistan. More than 30 people were reported killed after four CIA Predator drone aircraft launched at least four Hellfire missiles at a purported Taliban training camp in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of Kurram.
It was the first US strike in Kurram, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal areas in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. Monday’s attack followed a missile strike on Saturday on a building in the South Waziristan tribal district that killed at least 30 people.
The two strikes in rapid succession came within days of a visit to Pakistan by Richard Holbrooke, President Barack Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Holbrooke met last Wednesday with top Pakistani government and military officials in Lahore as part of a tour of the three countries whose principal aim is to prepare the way for an escalation of US military violence in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.