December 22nd, 2011
11:41 AM ET

U.S., Pakistan, at odds over airstrike report

A U.S. investigation into a November airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops points to "inadequate coordination" possibly exacerbated by Pakistani distrust of the Americans as one of the reasons behind the incident, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The findings are likely to further erode the already fragile relations between the United States and Pakistan, as sources within Pakistan disputed the U.S. findings.

The investigation found that the U.S. forces acted in self-defense, though poor coordination between the two militaries resulted in the incident.

An American team heading toward an Afghan town near the Pakistani border came under attack from machine gun fire, to which they responded by firing back and displaying a "show of force," with a U.S. aircraft that made its presence known and dropped flares illuminating the area, said Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Clark, who led the investigation.

What followed over the next hours were three engagements between the two sides as higher-ups tried to ascertain - unsuccessfully - if Pakistani forces were in the area.

The narrative of the timeline is complicated, Clark said, adding that "this is a fairly comprehensive report."

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  1. Paki

    Lmao. They call an airstrike "self defense". LMAO

    December 22, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Wm

      When you're under fire, your damn right an airstrike is self defence. You always bring in superior firepower to any engagement if you want a chance of living.

      December 22, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drone

      Paki, you just gave an example of why there is a problem. Thank you.

      December 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete/Ark

      Actually it was pollution control...

      December 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phildo

    Get em out. Now. Everyone knows Pakistan can't be trusted. This was a gigantic mistake, and they WILL retaliate. FT. We should be outta there.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • krm1007

      Not yet. Our boys enjoy the R&R in Mumbai and tasting Indian "dishes" ! krishna krishna ram the raam

      December 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    Makes sense to me. If it moves shoot it. If it doesn't, shoot it anyway.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. abrar

    NATO and american have GPS, they should know where is pakistan boarder, if americans are fighting very close to boarder they should inform pakistani post. american kills innocent people.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      The Magellan Milpac 700 comes with Mediteranian countries. The Milpac 700 Mid-East upgrade, which they don't have ($35,000/unit), has Pakistan and Iran.

      December 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Drone

    Abrar...hmmm...let's see....I wonder who else kills innocent people?

    December 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phildo

    Wm, your right. We should be sitting ducks? Um, no.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    You know what cut off all funding to them bass tards.How long did them as s holes hide binladen from us years guaranteed.They are no friends of ours

    December 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • krm1007

      WE SALUTE YOU, PAKISTAN......The Americans acknowledge the innumerable sacrifices made by Pakistanis in this ongoing war. The Americans appreciate the bullets taken on the chest by the Pakistanis in fighting the enemy. The Americans appreciate the ultimate sacrifices made by Pakistanis in sacrificing their lives while trying to make America and the world safe.

      December 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Too bad different factions in Pakistan are working at cross purposes. If you are looking to assign blame for the majority of Pakistani deaths in this war, look no further than the fundamentalist elements in Pakistan.

      December 22, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    We made bella figura.
    It's fine with me for Pakistan to know that the USA is not the Cowardly Lion.

    December 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hi gung hoe.
    How's Big D?

    December 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. krm1007

    The massacre of over 30 Pakistani soldiers at the Afghan border by NATO/US forces has been traced to Indian and Afghani intelligence in collaboration with an Afghani Army general misleading the NATO/US forces in commiting these murders. Pakistan should send a strong message to both Indians and Afghanis immediately.....apologize and dismantle the terror network or the nukes will be unleashed to turn them into dustbowls

    December 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Time for your anti-psych meds, isn't it?

      December 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable1

      Pakistan fired first. Those 24 learned their lesson the hard way. Further lessons can be avoided if Pakistanis stop firing at NATO.

      December 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    This person is notoriously anti-Indian.
    Electro-shock would be the better therapy.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Hi, gung hoe, JIF, and BOMBO.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Why is this still even a discussion ? Pakistan wants us out. Get the hell out and immediately cut off all payments.

    They mess with us after that, let them learn the hard way.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Hi gang. I'm not in the room when the political elite are discussing this issue, but I'll assume that the fear is, if they cut loose from Pakistan, they'll go rogue. Even more rogue than they are now.

      December 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat ( in a hat )


      Even if they did decide to go completely spaz on us, we have elite units that could secure the nuclear facilities in a heartbeat. I would even venture to say we have already looked at that scenario and have a plan in place.

      December 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Hello banasy, gung hoe, JIF and BOMBO.

    December 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    @krm1007 I hope your being sarcastic,either that or you are on some pretty good acid maybe strawberry mesculin,cause something is causeing you to be awfully dilusional! There was no innocent lives taken here our troops were under fire and if you dont kill them they will kill you!Like I stated in my earlier Pakis are NO FRIEND OF OURS!!

    December 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • krm1007

      India poses a clear and present danger to the regional security of the world. USA...NATO...Pakistan and Afghanistan people and armed forces. Hindu cult extremism is on the rise and fanning all terrorism worldwide. Indians are the bankers to and financing terrorism and supporting Talibans and Al Qaeda and harboring them in India. These terrorists are being entertained in the Indian parliament building in New Delhi where they are residing and then smuggled over to Pakistan in Indian Army helicopters. Shame on these Indians. Like the NAZI's they need to be stopped forcefully and immediately. If it takes bombing lets bomb India, if it takes Drones...lets drone New Delhi

      December 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
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