Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Up-to-the-minute perspectives on defence, security and peace
issues from and for policy makers and opinion leaders.

     |      View our Twitter page at twitter.com/defenceredbox     |     


Since the 1st February the United States have carried out three airstrikes. The targets were:

2nd February Five unmanned US strike aircraft are reported to have fired 18 missiles at a camp and vehicles in the village of Datta Khel, North Waziristan. According to the Long War Journal this is the largest recorded US airstrike in Pakistan. This also indicates that top al Qaida, Taliban or Haqqani leaders may have been targeted. Seventeen terrorists were reported killed in the attack. However none of the reported casualties have been al Qaida or Taliban leaders.

14th February Two missiles were fired from an American drone aircraft killing at least six militants in North Waziristan.

15th February An unmanned US strike aircraft fired two missiles into a vehicle transporting militants out of the village of Tabi Ghundi Kala, North Waziristan. The strike killed four militants.

The United States has so far carried out 14 strikes in 2010. January had the highest monthly strike total since the programme began in 2004. The continued focus on North Waziristan reflects the United States' belief that the leadership of the Pakistani Taliban has relocated in the region as a result of the Pakistani offensive in South Waziristan.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Defence Viewpoints website. However, if you would like to, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. You may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. Please note that you will lose some features and functionality on this website if you choose to disable cookies. For example, you may not be able to link into our Twitter feed, which gives up to the minute perspectives on defence and security matters.