October 7th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Mullen issues regrets over deadly strike in Pakistan

America's top military official Thursday sent his regrets to Pakistan's army chief of staff over the U.S. helicopter strike that killed two Pakistani soldiers, his office said.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani that the September 30 incident near the Afghan border was most "regrettable" and he passed along his "sincere condolences" for the deaths.

"The death of our soldiers in combat is always tragic, but under these circumstances, it is even more difficult to accept," he said in a letter this week.

Mullen consults regularly with Kayani and has visited Pakistan 20 times since becoming chairman three years ago.

"Please know that the families of the soldiers lost in this tragic incident are in our constant thoughts and prayers. I think you already know, but I want to reinforce, that we take this incident very seriously and our most senior commanders in theater will review the investigation thoroughly with an eye toward avoiding recurrence of a tragedy like this. As always, thanks for your leadership of your Army, but especially in difficult times and circumstances such as this."

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said two Pakistani border guards were killed in the incident, and a coalition-Afghan assessment determined that there needs to be better coordination between the United States and Pakistan.


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  1. Jim Brieske

    The Pakistani Army, ISI, and President are corrupt cowards. In this case though, they have achieved nothing but portraying themselves as crying whining non God believing little children who want a raise in their allowance.
    You take money away. All of it. You tell them, they are grounded. Then tell them you are going to talk to India about weapons purchases.
    Being nice and apologizing is garbage. For what? Believing God sends all nationalities of people to Heaven? The Pakistanis are worthless moochers who lie, manipulate and get people killed.
    I wish our Army was 2 million soldiers strong, then we could possibly pounce on Pakistan along with Afghanistan. It all depends if we can gain control of their nukes first.
    India knows exactly where the Pakistani nukes are located.

    October 7, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    If you are allied with a country who punishes (in this case, blackmail) you after you accidentally kill their soldiers then they are really your enemy.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    If you are allied with a country who punishes (in this case, blackmails) you after you accidentally kill their soldiers then they are really your enemy.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maj Gen. Anus Tahir

      Jim you are right that the president of Pakistan is corrupt, in fact the whole federal government is corrupt. But Pakistani Army is one of the best Army considered around the GLOBE. You are also correct that india knows exactly Where the Pakistani nukes are located, but unfortunately its not possible for Indian army or other agencies of india like RAW to attack the nukes at Pakistan. Also, few decades back, India along with Coordination with MUSAAC the intelligence agency of ISRAEL tried to attack nukes at Pakistan by means of Air Attack at mid-night, but brilliant defense of Pakistan hit all the fighter planes sent from India and the mission was failed. Its is also pertinent to be mentioned here that Pakistan also knows exactly where ISRAELI and INDIAN nukes are kept, at the same time Pakistan's Air force is enough capable of hitting those locations without fear, but Pakistan's forces don't believe in cheating so i think they would wait for an attack from Indian/Israeli side to do that.

      October 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marines123

    I agree Pakistan President and Givernment is corrupt and they actually bow their heads to Bin Laden. They let terrorist infiltrate in and out of Afghanistan. Too bad for these border guards

    October 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marines123

    Hear we go apologizing again. I would feel like an Ass to appologise to the Pakistan people for ccidently killing their corupt foot soldiers. Hey they got in the way. Friendly fire so what.

    October 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hermoon Gill

    Pakistan has paid a heavy price for being an ally in this foolish war.It has paid for in its blood.The current rage of terrorism all across Pakistan started after Pakistan joined the US in its war.Not a single Pakistani was involved in 9/11.All were Saudis.How often do you hear US going after Saudi Arabia or punishing the Saudis for sending 9/11 bombers?The US dare not do it,since it has oil interests with the Saudi monarchs.
    I believe Pakistani forces should bring down any NATO chopper ever crossing into its territory.It has all the rights to do it.
    Just imagine,Mexican choppers chasing drug barons going deep inside Texas but killing 3 US customs officers and US sitting idle and not doing anything.

    October 8, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |