No US disciplinary action seen over Pakistan strike

By REUTERS
March 25, 2012 07:21

 
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WASHINGTON - The US military is not planning to discipline any of its forces over a cross-border skirmish last year that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead and plunged Washington-Islamabad ties to their lowest point in years, a US military official said on Saturday.

A US military investigation last year had already exonerated American troops operating in Afghanistan from inappropriate use of force against the Pakistani forces - even as the US military acknowledged some of the blame in the incident.

That investigation concluded that American troops, given what information they had available to them at the time, acted in self-defense and with appropriate force after being fired on by the Pakistanis just across the border.

The US military official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, did not offer further details about the subsequent decision not to discipline US forces.

Pakistan shut off ground supply lines to the US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan on Nov. 26 over the incident.

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