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US mistakes led to Pakistan airstrikes: Report

US mistakes led to Pakistan airstrikes: Report

Dec 22, 2011 - 15:19

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The Pentagon investigators had determined that mistakes by a joint US-Afghan special operations team led to the airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in the Mohmand tribal region last month, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

The Defense Department investigation found that coalition troops conducting operations along the Afghan border with Pakistaninfo-icon incorrectly believed there were no Pakistani forces in the area, the newspaper said.

After the US and Afghan commandos were attacked by militants, they called in airstrikes against two encampments they thought were used by militants. They were actually Pakistan border posts.

The Journal, citing anonymous US officials familiar with the report, says an opportunity to stop the fighting was missed when a US serviceman gave incorrect data to the Pakistanis, so they did not know their posts were under attack.

PAN Monitor/ma


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