In Memory of
Bal Khan and his mother, brother and two sons
Salam Khan and his mother and brother
at 00:30 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2006
in the village of Dandi Saidgai, some 3 kms from the Afghan border, 13 kms north of Miran Shah in North Waziristan, Pakistan. U.S. helicopter gunships attacked a local cleric’s home, obliterating it and killing 8 family members, wounding another nine (4 men, 4 women, and a 3-yr-old girl – names are known) who were admitted to a local hospital in Miran Shah. The injured claimed that U.S. forces also abducted four other family members to a fate unknown (including Gulabat Shah and Rehmat Khan). One of the injured, 30-yr-old Mohammed Safiq, awakened by the sound of gunfire and helicopters, reported, “for moments I could not decide what I should do, but when some weapon hit the home and walls started falling, I ran out.” The local cleric, Maulana Noor Muhammad, was injured in the U.S. “precision” strike. For three days prior to the midnight assault, a U.S. drone was seen hovering over the area. The Maulana was said to be friends with the famous Taliban Minister of Frontier and Tribal Affairs, Jalaluddin Haqqani, who for four years has evaded capture. The dead civilians are: Bal Khan, his brother, two sons and mother; Salam Khan and his mother and brother. We know this because of the superb investigative reporting by Behroz Khan who filed this report from Peshawar for The News. No U.S. corporate media made any mention of this aerial assault in Pakistani territory. A year-and-a-half later documents obtained by the A.P. (August 23, 2007) reveal that since April 2004, U.S. forces’ rules of engagement have allowed attacks and pursuit up to 10 kms into Pakistani territory. At the time, in this attack the U.S. military denied involvement ( = lied by commission) and Pakistan’s chief Army spokesman said “he couldn’t confirm the raid” (lied by omission).
Midnight air assault by U.S. helicopters