US probe sees shared blame in Pakistan air strike

By REUTERS
December 22, 2011 19:30

 
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WASHINGTON - A US probe on Thursday found that both American and Pakistani forces were to blame for an incident that killed 24 Pakistani troops in a remote area along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border last month, inflaming already strained bilateral ties.

The US military blamed Pakistani soldiers for firing at NATO forces across the border in Afghanistan, triggering the incident, which took place overnight between November 25-26.

But the US investigation also conceded a critical error by US troops - telling Pakistan the cross-border shooting was taking place about 14 km away, due to mapping error. Pakistan responded by saying it had no troops there.

"Inadequate coordination by US and Pakistani military officers operating ... resulted in a misunderstanding about the true location of Pakistani military units," Pentagon spokesman George Little said.

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