March 28th, 2012
05:44 AM ET

U.S. and Pakistani generals to meet for first time since fatal airstrikes

Top U.S. and Pakistani military officials will hold face-to-face meetings in Islamabad on Wednesday, the first high-level talks since NATO airstrikes killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, souring relations between the two countries.

Gen. James Mattis, commander of the U.S. Central Command, and Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, will meet with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the chief of staff of the Pakistani Army, according to a statement from the Pakistani military.

The meeting will focus on the inquiry into the airstrikes on November 26, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Pakistani-Afghan border. U.S. and Pakistani officials have disagreed about the causes and circumstances of the episode.

In South Korea on Tuesday, President Barack Obama met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for the first time since the soldiers' deaths.

Obama expressed hope that the United States and Pakistan could arrive at a "balanced approach" to relations in the aftermath of the airstrikes.


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  1. Warmonger Chat Session

    Yes your no-man drone kill our peoples. Why your unman drone kill our peoples? Who fly drone? What is name of person flying drone, for example? In America is wrongful death. No?

    March 28, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Drone usage

    I can see where most would have no problem with the US using drones to attack and kill their own citizens as occured recently in Yemen. But attacking and killing your own ally? Surely the drone attack on the Paki soldiers was a mistake. Find out what people made mistakes, and hold them personally accountable.

    March 28, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    That's using the term

    March 28, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @ banasy
    Good morning.

    What @ Drone usage says makes sense.
    Afghanistan is surrounded by powers who care the least for US interests at best, in fact they would rather see us go down in this misadventure exposing our weaknesses Like China, Russia,India & Iran.
    It was Pakistan as a front line state who we pushed and cajoled into siding with us to their own peril. They suffered and are suffering drastically is no longer a moot point its a fact. They fought on our side and lost thousands of lives and counting.
    Without them on board it was not possible for us to even think of taking on this mission and they helped.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    There is no other 'ally' who would go that far for us. Common sense and perception of reality demands that we keep them on our side. Without them it would logistically be hard for us to get out.

    March 28, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      @ saywhat, More to the point, it would have been hard for us to get in as we did with out them. Really if I'm going to pay good money to all those puppet leaders, they darn well better produce results when I ask.

      March 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender if he want's to hear a good Alabama joke.

    The bartender says, "Before you tell it, you should know that I'm 6' 2", weigh 225 lbs and am from Alabama. That guy at the end of the bar is,6'4", weighs 250 lbs and is from Alabama too. That guy at the other end of the bar is 6'6", weighs 280 lbs and is from Alabama too. Now, do you still want to tell your Alabama joke ?"

    The guy says, "Nah".
    To which the bartender says, "What's the matter, are you chicken"?
    The man says, "Nah, I just don't want to have to explain it three times."

    March 28, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • krm1007

      Should have been Indians but on steroids.....

      March 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    There has been no official declaration of War on Pakistan, so these drone attacks that resulted in the loss of Pakistani life were at the very least negligent. I don't believe that President Obama buy's-into Bush's preemptive war strategies, so prevenge for Bin Laden hiding out there wouldn't apply. (except for OBL, who was killed before authorities could waterboard him for vital intel)

    March 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I think the other countries around the world are beginning to think an alliance with the United States isn't necessarily the best thing anymore...the US likes to spoit in the faces of their allies...
    That's what I meant by using the term "ally" loosely.

    Bobcat, loved your joke...timely, also.
    Just go ahead and insert "Hoosier" in there, and you'll know that's the version I heard years

    March 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |

    A old demonic BLACK AMERICA has arisen from both the hiphop and antebellum natiion and is based on stereotypical images of low class , poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks(HOOTIE) and has replace the black human population who were sacrifice during the black holocaust 1968-1993 It was the widespread use of racial profiling in which many black americans were targeted and were arrested as well as the rise of the hiphop nation is what has contribute to the black holocaust

    March 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |

    Yes, we all know about Planned Parenthood targeting blacks, and that a grotesquely dispraportionate number of foot soldiers are black. These things we know, but aren't talked about. We talk about stuff like 47% of all black American's sole source of income being welfare. And gangstas. And gangsta copy cat rap rip offs. (shrug)

    March 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @Andre Himes

    I won't post under my name, though, because it would be too honest of me to do so, and would be admitting I'm a racist, this way I can claim I'm merely giving information. (shrug)

    March 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    When Allies are in cahoots with one another the question becomes; is this bickering all for show?

    March 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. krm1007

    PAKISTAN.....The New Gateway to Central Asia and Europe.
    With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

    March 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. krm1007

    These american generals are professionals and should be wined and dined and well taken of care of. After a good night's sleep they should be put on a plane to Kerala to assist Manmohan SIngh in dealing with the talibans.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |