1. FRIENDLY FIRE

    Pakistan Gave Go-Ahead on Raid

    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

    Following the worst friendly-fire incident in 10 years of war with Afghanistan, U.S. officials have revealed that their counterparts in Pakistan had actually permitted the American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops on the Afghan-Pakistani border. Pakistani officials at the border-control center had given the U.S. permission to fire back when attacked by who they thought were Taliban militants. It turned out, according to U.S. officials, that it was Pakistani military personnel who’d fired at the American commandos. Pakistani representatives, however, deny that any of the country’s military forces were in the area when officials gave the U.S. the go-ahead for attack.

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