Two News Items About Drones Requiring No Comment
By Dennis Loo (2/16/13)
From PressTV, February 14, 2013:
“The Pentagon says it is creating the Distinguished Warfare Medal that can be awarded to those US troops who launch assassination drone strikes and direct cyber attacks.
“The outgoing US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, said on Wednesday that the US drone operators and those who direct cyber attacks would be eligible to receive the medal for their direct impact on a US military operation from afar.
“’I’ve seen firsthand how modern tools, like remotely piloted platforms and cyber systems, have changed the way wars are fought,’ Panetta said.”
From Reuters, February 13, 2013:
“A NATO airstrike killed 10 Afghan civilians, including five children, in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, local officials said, a toll that if confirmed is likely to raise tension between President Hamid Karzai's government and U.S.-led NATO forces.
“The strike, in the Shigal district of Kunar province, was confirmed by NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), though a spokesman said it could not confirm civilian casualties.
"’Foreign forces carried out the attack by themselves without informing us,’ Kunar Governor Fazlullah Wahidi told Reuters.
“Four Taliban fighters were also killed in the strike and five civilians wounded, he said.
“The strike occurred in the village of Chawgam and the 10 dead civilians were from two local families, Wahidi said." (Emphasis added).