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NATO air strike kills dozens of Pakistani troops… but why?

Written By: Bob - Nov• 26•11

Border outposts tend to be static, signed, and well-known. So why did this happen?

U.S. officials are pledging to investigate after Pakistan accused NATO aircraft of firing on an army checkpoint and killing 24 soldiers.

The incident early Saturday exacerbated tensions between the two countries and threatens to escalate into a standoff more severe than one last year after a similar but less deadly strike.

Last year, Pakistan closed the Torkham border crossing to NATO supplies for 10 days after U.S. helicopters accidentally killed two Pakistanis. On Saturday, Pakistan went further, closing both of the country’s border crossings into landlocked Afghanistan.

This is the second such incident in recent years, which makes me wonder if this was, in fact, an accident at all. While Pakistan is claiming merely troop deaths and US commanders were quick to issue a mea culpa, I have to wonder if there was a calculated decision made to carry out a strike against a high-value target (HVT) that was interacting with Pakistani forces, who aren’t exactly our allies.

I won’t be surprised at all if a Taliban or al Qaeda leader is reported missing or dead in the next few days.

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  1. rOB says:

    Wasn’t Oblabla running his head back before he became pResident about Pakistan being the cause of most of the problems in that area?

  2. shreck says:

    The Paki’s have been playing both sides since the Russkis invaded Afghanistan. They have their own agenda.

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  4. Fergie says:

    Maybe Pakistan fired first? Just a thought.

  5. Stretch says:

    The incident occurred in the “Federally Administered Tribal Areas.” In other words a part of the world where no laws apply, no quarter asked or given, and the line between friend and foe is not just blurred but totally absent.
    For details read Kipling or Flashman.