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Obama's reelection irks drone victims in Pak

world Updated: Nov 09, 2012 01:34 IST
Barack Obama

The roars celebrating the re-election of US President Barack Obama on TV give Mohammad Rehman Khan a searing headache, as years of grief come rushing back.

The 28-year-old Pakistani accuses the president of robbing him of his father, three brothers and a nephew - all killed in a US drone aircraft attack a month after Obama first took office.

"The same person who attacked my home has gotten re-elected," he told Reuters in Islamabad, where he fled after the attack on his village in South Waziristan, one of several ethnic Pashtun tribal areas on the Afghan border.

In his re-election campaign, Obama gave no indication he would halt or alter the drone programme which he embraced in his first term. Obama authorised nearly 300 drone strikes in Pakistan during his first four years in office, more than six times the number during the administration of George W Bush, killing nearly 3,000 people.