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Clueless on Hardball: Matthews Can’t Imagine Why People We Bomb Hate US

On MSNBC’s Hardball, Chris Matthews can’t imagine why anyone from Pakistan might want to cause harm to Americans.

Well, here’s one possible idea: Drone Attacks in Pakistan


* January 1, 2010: Missile strike on a vehicle near Ghundikala village in North Waziristan kills 3.[104][105]
* January 3, 2010: 5 people including 3 Arabs killed in an attack on Mosakki village in North Waziristan.[105][106]
* January 6, 2010: 2 separate missile strikes one hour apart kill approximately 35 people in Sanzalai village, North Waziristan.[105][107][108]
* 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.[105][109]
* 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.[110] Mahmoud Mahdi Zeidan, bodyguard for al Qaeda leader Sayeed al-Masri, was reported killed in either the January 8 or 9 airstrike.[111] Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim who was allegedly involved in hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in 1986 was also reported killed in this strike.[105][112]
* 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.[113] The apparent target of the strike was, Hakimullah Mehsud, who reportedly left the compound before the attack occurred.[114]
* 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.[105][115]
* January 15, 2010: Second missile strike of the day kills 6 in Bichi village in North Waziristan.[115]
* January 17, 2010: Missile strike in Shaktoi area of South Waziristan kills at least 20 people.[116] The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud sustained injuries in this attack. It was initially beleived he died but it later learned that he survived.[117]
* 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.[105][118]
* January 29, 2010: 6 to 15 killed when drones fire 3 missiles on a compound belonging to Haqqani network in Muhammad Khel town in North Waziristan.[105][119][120][121]
* February 2, 2010: Up to 8 US drones fired missiles at 4 different villages of North Waziristan killing at least 29 people.[122][123]
* February 14, 2010: 5 killed in a strike near Mir Ali in North Waziristan.[124]
* February 15, 2010: Abdul Haq al-Turkistani, leader of the Turkistani Islamic Party, is killed by a drone missile strike in North Waziristan.[125]
* 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.[126]
* 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.[127][128] The missiles hit a vehicle belonging to Siraj that Mohammed was riding in, but Siraj was not in the vehicle at the time.[129] Mohammed and Siraj were reportedly attending the funeral of Sheikh Mansoor, who had been killed by a drone strike the day before.[126][127][128]
* February 24, 2010: Missiles fired by a US drone killed at least 13 militants at a compound and/or in a vehicle in the Dargah Mandi area of North Waziristan. Among the dead include 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, Bahadar Mansoor, head of Badar Mansoor group, and Rana Afzal, the man behind the FIA HQ bombing in Lahore.[130][131][132][133]
* March 8, 2010: Three missiles fired by US drone aircraft killed five militants and wounded three in Miranshah.[134] 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.[135]
* 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.[136][137]
* March 16, 2010: Ten militants were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan’s Datakhel area.[138][139]
* 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.[140]
* 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.[141]
* 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.[142]
* March 27, 2010: Drone strike in Mir Ali in North Waziristan kills 4 militants.[143]
* 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.[144]
* April 12, 2010: 2 missiles fired by a US drone kill 5 in North Waziristan.[145]
* 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.[146][147]
* 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.[148]
* April 24, 2010: US drones kill 7 militants in North Waziristan in the village of Marsi Khel near Miramshah.[149]
* 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.[150][151]
* May 3, 2010: 4 militants are killed in North Waziristan [152]

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