December 22nd, 2011
06:19 AM ET

DOD: U.S. forces acted in self defense in airstrike that killed 24 Pakistanis

An investigation into a November airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops has found U.S. forces acted in self defense, though poor coordination between the two militaries played a significant factor, according to a Department of Defense statement released early Thursday.

The finding is likely to further erode relations between the United States and Pakistan, which have steadily declined since a secret raid by American commandos that killed Osama bin Laden.

Pakistan's military has repeatedly insisted the November 26 airstrike near the Afghan border was deliberate, and the Pakistani government ordered the American military to vacate an air base used to launch drone strikes.

"The investigating officer found that U.S. forces, given what information they had available to them at the time, acted in self defense and with appropriate force after being fired upon," the Department of  Defense said in a statement posted on its web site.

"He also found that there was no intentional effort to target persons or places known to be part of the Pakistani military or to deliberately provide inaccurate location information to Pakistani officials."

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  1. Bill

    I guess these folks forget we're in the middle of a "war"! It's always sad and problematic when such civilian colateral stuff happens but either we're going to do what is required or we need get OUT...and take our massive aid package with us! Pakistan can't quite decide whether it wants to go on a path toward western thinking, etc, or stay bound to the old tribal/religious stuff from centuries past. Riding that fence always produces unwanted consequences.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Let me see....... During the Bush years we invaded Afghanistan to get to bin Laden, who was responsible for 9/11, and was given shelter by the Taliban. So our initial plan worked. We drove the Taliban from power, made a lot of folks mad, and killed bin laden, So why are we still there shooting people in another country because of lack of communication? Sounds more like "Dazed and Confused" to me?

    December 22, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Of course the DOD said that.
    What were they supposed to say?

    Bring 'em all home.
    Don't make the troops coming home from Iraq be deployed back to Afghanistan within 6 months.

    End this.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • mark wells


      December 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. India

    Take THAT, Pakistan.

    December 22, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • mark wells


      December 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Phildo

    Agree with banasy.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sharp

    Typical friendly fire incident but the radical Islamist faction in Pakistan is all over it of course. Maybe it can be patched up with greater cooperation but can we trust the Pakistanis? After all they deliberately hid Bin Laden from us.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tcr c2

    Once again we wouldnt be in this war if we had not angered bin laden by telling him no to support on driving out the russians we screwed that up by turning our backs on bin laden back in the day we should of captured bin laden at that time lets see the intelligence file on this man before his attack on 911. That would speak for its self would it not? Now we got ourselfs into this damm war by over looking one major thing, bin laden, the taliban was already in power when russia invaded them so maybe russia had a good point for invading. We should of colaborated intelligence with the russians to end it before it even started, and saved the lives of countless many!!!!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |