• US President Barack Obama has confirmed that unmanned drones regularly strike suspected militants in Pakistan 's tribal areas. Mr. Obama called the strikes a targeted focussed effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists.
  • The US does not routinely speak publicly about drone operations. Mr. Obama made his comments during an hour-long video hangout on Google's social network.
  • More than 130,000 questions were submitted before the hangout began, and six people were invited to join the president online for the event.
  • They were able to ask questions and seek follow-up answers from Mr. Obama.
  • The event ended a week of social media engagement in the wake of Mr. Obama's State of the Union address on 24 January.
  • Meanwhile, Pakistan said the drone attacks are unlawful, counterproductive and hence unacceptable. 
  • Foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said our view has always been very clear and position principled.