On the morning of March 9, 29-year-old [German-born] Samir H. was in a large pickup truck in southern Waziristan when a remote-controlled US Army drone, several kilometers high, took aim at the vehicle. Reports indicate that at least one of the three rockets launched by the drone hit the target and destroyed the pickup truck carrying up to 12 suspected Taliban and foreign fighters.I remember reading at the time how Helmut Schmidt tore Jimmuh Carter a new one over failure to inform the NATO allies about something. But anyway, nice shooting.
Jimmuh seemed to have problems on the international front.
During the GW era, Pakistan declared much of the western "federally administered areas" to be terrorist strongholds. The government advised the population to get out, that everyone remaining must be considered a terrorist or sympathizer.
These areas were virtually declared "free fire areas."
This occurred at a time when the western press was emphasizing the number of "innocent" civilians being killed in raids on terrorists.
After the free fire area designation, of which the press was well aware, civilians were no longer designated as separate casualties.
It is interesting to note these days that U.S. caused civilian collateral damage is reported in Iraq and Afghanistan but not in Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia.