In memory of
an estimated half dozen civilians killed (incl. Gul Malik Orakzai’s 2 children)
on April 1, 2009
in the Khadezai area of the Orakzai FATA tribal region of Pakistan bordering Nangarhar Province. A CIA drone fired missiles into compounds killing at least a dozen persons including fighters but also civilians including women and children. The drones fired missiles in three areas, killing 12 persons and injuring about 15 others. One CIA missile demolished the home of Gul Malik Orakzai, killing two of his children. Another drone strike allegedly targeted Hakimullah Mehsud, a lieutenant of Baitullah Mehsud, a leader of the Pakistani Taliban. Since August 2008, an estimated 34 drone attacks have killed about 340 people in the tribal regions of Pakistan, many of them civilians. Orakzai is a non-Al Qaeda area though in the last half year or so resistance fighters from Waziristan had begun using the area. It has become the hub for Anwarul Haq Mujahid, the son of the legendary anti-Soviet guerrilla leader, Maulvi Younus Khalis, chief of the Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan group. Mujahid has strength in the Khogiani district of Nangarhar and in the Tora Bora Mountains (which border Orakzai).
Killed by CIA missiles fired from drones