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U.S Drone with suspected Edo Bomb Rack Kills 60 at Pakistan Funeral – Wed 24th June 2009

Posted by anti militarist on June 24, 2009

Up to 60 people have been killed after missiles were fired from a US “drone” at the funeral of a suspected Taliban commander of the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan, Pakistan officials have said.

Al Jazeera’s Hyder said Tuesday’s attack was likely to cause considerable anger in the country.”It may play into the hands of elements like Mehsud because the attack took place on a funeral – there are cultural sensitivities,” he said.

“Such attacks are likely to complicate the situation for the Pakistani military because they have to be equally sensitive to public opinion in that area – something that is not going to be helped by the drones.”

The attack by the unmanned aircraft was carried out in the village of Najmarai in the Makeen district on Tuesday, Pakistani intelligence officials and witnesses said.

EDO MBM /ITT corperation make Sabre weapons carriage systems believed to be used in this air strike


10 Responses to “U.S Drone with suspected Edo Bomb Rack Kills 60 at Pakistan Funeral – Wed 24th June 2009”

  1. decommisioners said

    Project Engineer
    EDO Corp. (ITT)

    (Public Company; Aviation & Aerospace industry)

    2006 — 2007 (1 year)

    Managed the complete development of the A10 Pneumatic Rail Launcher System for Northrop Grumman, including design and modeling through assembly and purchasing through completion

    Designed and facilitated the development of both the MMA14 and 1430 Bomb Rack Units for Boeing’s aircraft carriers

    Responsible for dealing with clients and vendors directly on a daily basis

    Contributed to the development of the Boeing JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) & B1-B Lancer, as well as the U.S. Air Force’s Predator BRU’s (Bomb Rack Units)

  2. decommisioners said

    February 14, 2006 06:25 AM

    EDO to Develop Weapon-Release System for Predator UAS

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 14, 2006–EDO Corporation (NYSE: EDO) has been awarded a contract from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to develop a weapon carriage and release system for the MQ-9 Predator B unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The initial system design and development contract is valued at $1.4 million.

    GA-ASI is the prime contractor for the successful Predator UAS. The MQ-1 Predator has been operational since 1995 and has flown thousands of missions in support of NATO, UN and US operations. In 2005, GA-ASI received a contract from the USAF to acquire the MQ-9 “Hunter-Killer” version of the aircraft. The MQ-9 is the next generation of the Predator, whose military role is expected to expand considerably over the next few years.

    “The Predator UAS Series is clearly an important focus of future defense capabilities,” said James M. Smith, EDO’s chief executive officer. “We are very pleased to be working with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to solve the engineering challenges needed to provide improved weapons carriage and release capabilities for Predator B. We believe that the Predator is one of the most promising and proven UAS platforms.”

    The current planned total production of the MQ-9 Predator B is well over 100 aircraft. The MQ-9 has significantly higher performance than the original Predator. It has an operational ceiling of 50,000 feet, a maximum internal payload of 800 pounds, and an external payload of 3,000 pounds.

    EDO Corporation designs and manufactures a diverse range of products for defense, intelligence, and commercial markets, and provides related engineering and professional services.

    Major product groups include: Defense Electronics, Communications, Aircraft Armament Systems, Undersea Warfare, and Integrated Composite Structures. EDO’s advanced systems are at the core of the transformation to lighter, faster, and smarter defense capabilities.

    EDO ( was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in New York City. The company employs 3,000 people and had revenues of $536 million in 2004.

  3. Seen this?

  4. Gaza War Crimes – Israel/Palestine.

    A’must watch video’ describing war crimes committed in Gaza 2009

    IT’S ISRAEL, Read This.

    “Israeli troops killed hundreds of unarmed civilian adults and children, broke laws and committed war crimes during their winter offensive in Gaza, Amnesty International said in a scathing report released Thursday.”

    “The human rights group also pointed a finger at Hamas and other Palestinian militant organizations in its 117-page report. For firing hundreds of rockets into southern Israel, killing three Israeli civilians”

    B .S!

  6. Top judge: ‘use of drones intolerable’

    Unmanned weapons are condemned by Lord Bingham as ‘beyond the pale’

    By Robert Verkaik, Legal Editor

    Monday, 6 July 2009

    Israel has been accused of using missile-firing drones against Palestinians

    The use of unmanned drones as weapons of war in conflicts around the world has been called into question by one of Britain’s most senior judges. Lord Bingham, until last year the senior law lord, said that some weapons were so “cruel as to be beyond the pale of human tolerance”.

    In an interview with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Lord Bingham compared drones, which have killed hundreds of civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gaza, with cluster bombs and landmines.

    His comments are bound to intensify calls for new international rules to protect civilian populations from arbitrary attacks launched by the pilotless craft.

    Lord Bingham asked in the interview, which addressed the issue of the state being bound by the rule of law: “Are there, for example, and this goes to conflict, not post-conflict situations, weapons that ought to be outlawed? From time to time in the history of international law various weapons have been thought to be so cruel as to be beyond the pale of human tolerance. I think cluster bombs and landmines are the most recent examples.

    “It may be – I’m not expressing a view – that unmanned drones that fall on a house full of civilians is a weapon the international community should decide should not be used.”

    Drones have become an important weapon against the Taliban in the remote mountainous borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Britain has said it plans to use drones as weapons. The Army already deploys them to gather battlefield intelligence. Last month the US admitted to 26 civilian deaths in a series of drone attacks that took place in May. In those attacks Afghan officials put the death toll at 140, significantly higher than the US claims.

    Last week Israel was accused of using missile-firing drones to unlawfully kill at least 29 Palestinian civilians during the Gaza Strip war.

    Despite having advanced surveillance equipment, drone operators failed to exercise proper caution “as required by the laws of war” in verifying their targets were combatants, said Human Rights Watch, the New York-based monitoring group, in a 39-page report. It described six alleged strikes by remote-controlled aircraft.

    Israel has a fleet of spy drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but refuses to confirm or deny widespread beliefs that some of the aircraft also carry weapons.

    International lawyers also argue that air strikes using drones are state-sanctioned assassinations where the targeted suspected terrorist has no opportunity to defend the case against him.

    Last month US drone aircraft killed at least 45 Pakistani Taliban militants in south Waziristan when it fired missiles at the funeral of an insurgent commander who was killed earlier that day.

    In a reference to the detention under the Terrorism Act of 82-year-old Walter Wolfgang, who heckled Jack Straw at the Labour Party conference in 2005, Lord Bingham, a former lord chief justice and master of the rolls, called on states to use anti-terror powers proportionately. He said: “Again, we probably agree that powers should be exercised for the purposes for which they were conferred in the first place, and therefore a source of obvious concern – and this would be multiplied worldwide – [would be] if a power enacted to counter terrorism is used to arrest a heckler at a party conference.”

    Last year in his first major speech since his retirement as the senior law lord, Lord Bingham disputed the legality of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US, the UK and allies. He said that the invasion and occupation of Iraq was “a serious violation of international law”, and he accused Britain and the US of acting like a “world vigilante”.

    Remote-controlled death: Unmanned aircraft

    *The Predator, and its successor, the Raptor, is a remote-controlled aircraft system which first came into use in 1995. It can be deployed for reconnaissance and missile attack. The air-strike version is armed with two Hellfire missiles and has been deployed over Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Serbia, Iraq and Yemen.

    It is estimated that 300 people have been killed in at least 30 drone strikes since August 2008. During the initial phases of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, a number of older Predators were stripped down and used as decoys to test the Iraqi air defences. Britain has been employing a reconnaissance version since 2006.Sometimes drones and their remote operators make mistakes and kill innocent civilians.

    Two years ago a Predator fired a missile into a wedding party in Afghanistan, killing at least 30 civilians, including children. But they have proved successful in the war against al-Qai’da and the Taliban, who have both lost high-ranking leaders to the unmanned aircraft.

    High-profile victims include Hamza Rabia and Abu Laith al-Libi. They have also killed Mohammed Atef, reputedly al-Qai’da’s chief of military operations, and several of the group’s most experienced explosives and biological weapons specialists.

  7. obert Fisk: Civilians pay price of war from above

    Thursday, 7 May 2009

    Of course there will be an inquiry. And in the meantime, we shall be told that all the dead Afghan civilians were being used as “human shields” by the Taliban and we shall say that we “deeply regret” innocent lives that were lost. But we shall say that it’s all the fault of the terrorists, not our heroic pilots and the US Marine special forces who were target spotting around Bala Baluk and Ganjabad.

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    When the Americans destroy Iraqi homes, there is an inquiry. And oh how the Israelis love inquiries (though they rarely reveal anything). It’s the history of the modern Middle East. We are always right and when we are not, we (sometimes) apologise and then we blame it all on the “terrorists”. Yes, we know the throat-cutters and beheaders and suicide bombers are quite prepared to slaughter the innocent.

    But it was a sign of just how terrible the Afghan slaughter was that the powerless President Hamid Karzai sounded like a beacon of goodness yesterday appealing for “a higher platform of morality” in waging war, that we should conduct war as “better human beings”.

    And of course, the reason is quite simple. We live, they die. We don’t risk our brave lads on the ground – not for civilians. Not for anything. Fire phosphorus shells into Fallujah. Fire tank shells into Najaf. We know we kill the innocent. Israel does exactly the same. It said the same after its allies massacred 1,700 at the refugee camps of Sabra and Chatila in 1982 and in the deaths of more than a thousand civilians in Lebanon in 2006 and after the death of more than a thousand Palestinians in Gaza this year.

    And if we kill some gunmen at the same time – “terrorists”, of course – then it is the same old “human shield” tactic and ultimately the “terrorists” are to blame. Our military tactics are now fully aligned with Israel.

    The reality is that international law forbids armies from shooting wildly in crowded tenements and bombing wildly into villages – even when enemy forces are present – but that went by the board in our 1991 bombing of Iraq and in Bosnia and in Nato’s Serbia war and in our 2001 Afghan adventure and in 2003 in Iraq. Let’s have that inquiry. And “human shields”. And terror, terror, terror. Something else I notice. Innocent or “terrorists”, civilians or Taliban, always it is the Muslims who are to blame.

  8. Jean said

    Israel reveals its ‘kamikaze’ unmanned aerial vehicle
    Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI’s) Harop loitering munition made its long-awaited public debut at the Paris Air Show. Harop (presumed to stand for HARpy OPtical) …

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