NATO Didn’t Aim for Pakistanis

    Pakistani protesters burn a US flag during a protest in Multan on November 27, 2011, against a NATO strike on Pakistan troops.   NATO expressed regret over air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers as the United States sought to repair relations with Islamabad that plunged into crisis over the lethal attack. Pakistan has reacted with fury over the killings of two dozen soldiers, including two officers, in an "unprovoked" attack by NATO helicopters and fighter jets on two military posts on the border with Afghanistan early Saturday. AFP PHOTO / S.S MIRZA (Photo credit should read S.S. MIRZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    According to U.S. officials, a case of mistaken identity was likely to blame for the NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani troops over the weekend. The raid allegedly began when a joint U.S.-Afghan Special Operations team was attacked by militants in Afghanistan. U.S. military records show that the team checked with Pakistani officials before responding with strikes on what a U.S. commander believed was a militant encampment that was in fact a Pakistani base. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was furious, telling CNN on Monday morning that there would be “no more business as usual” with Washington.

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