NATO: 'Likely' We Killed Pakistanis

    Activists of Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT), the student wing of a Pakistani Islamic and political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), shout slogans against NATO strikes during a protest in Lahore on November 26, 2011. Pakistan accused NATO of killing 26 soldiers in a blistering air strike, protesting in the strongest terms to the US and closing the main border for NATO supplies into Afghanistan. It was the deadliest NATO strike reported by Pakistan during the 10-year war in Afghanistan and looked set to inflame already extremely difficult US-Pakistani relations still reeling from the May killing of Osama bin Laden. AFP PHOTO / ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)


    This won't be good for Pakistan-NATO relations. NATO Brigadier Gen. Carsten Jacobsen says it looks “highly likely” that NATO helicopters killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers in an overnight strike. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called the strike “outrageous” and convened an emergency cabinet meeting. Pakistan also shut down supply lines headed to NATO troops in Afghanistan and reportedly turned back convoys on their way. Jacobson said Afghan and NATO troops on the ground were in the area when “a tactical situation developed” and air support was called in. He said NATO is investigating the incident.

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