A drone strike on a compound in northwestern Pakistan early this morning killed at least 16 people. The attack suggests that President Obama isn't paying too much attention to the demands of two world leaders: the prime minister of Pakistan or the president of the United States.
CNN reports on the strike:
The officials said the attack early Wednesday struck a compound of the Haqqani Network, a group that carries out attacks against NATO forces in Afghanistan and travels back and forth across the porous border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. ... It wasn't immediately clear if any high-profile insurgent figures had been killed in the attack. The militants in the compound were from both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the officials said.
The attack is one of the deadliest in recent history in the country. In January, according to data compiled by the New America Foundation, a strike may have killed about as many.
Pakistan's government was quick to condemn the attack, issuing a statement that it has "consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications." When the new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, assumed office last month, he declared that the country should not allow such strikes. "We respect the sovereignty of others and they should also respect our sovereignty and independence," Sharif told his parliament. "This campaign should come to an end." (Within days of his saying that, a U.S. strike killed seven.)