Afghans: Pakistan Fired First

    Image #: 16111181    epa03016781 People burn   NATO and US flags as they shout slogans against the NATO airstrikes on Pakistani military checkposts in Mohmand tribal agency, during a protest in Multan, Pakistan, 27 November 2011. Pakistani authorities on 26 November, closed NATO supply routes and ordered the US military to vacate a base after airstrikes killed at least 24 Pakistani soldiers. Officials said two officers and 22 soldiers were killed and 13 troops wounded in the unprovoked action. Other unconfirmed reports said the casualty tolls could be higher.  EPA/MK CHAUDHRY /LANDOV

    MK CHAUDHRY / Landov

    In retaliation over a deadly NATO strike that is said to have killed at least 24 Pakistani troops early Saturday morning, Pakistan is giving the U.S. 15 days to leave the important Shamsi air base. Sunday, Afghan and Western officials said that the raid was only ordered after Pakistan fired. Pakistan buried the troops Sunday in a highly-televised funeral. The Shamsi air base is a key launchpad for drone strikes. Pakistan has also cut off vital supply routes to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. has not yet accepted blame for the strike, but the U.S. ambassador to Islamabad has pledged to “investigate this incident.”

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