Obama Offers Pakistan ‘Condolences’

    Pakistani Islamists stand on the US flags as they shout slogans during a protest in Karachi on December 2, 2011, against the cross-border NATO air strike on Pakistani troops. Pakistan said it could not attend the Bonn conference unless its security was ensured, appearing to set a condition after Washington led calls on Islamabad to reconsider a boycott. The cabinet decided on the boycott to protest against the deadliest cross-border strike by NATO that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in 10 years of war in Afghanistan that has plunged the uneasy US-Pakistani alliance into perhaps its deepest crisis. AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Noble gesture or just not enough? President Obama phoned President Asif Ali Zardari to offer his “condolences” for the 24 Pakistani troops killed in a NATO air raid last month. Though the public in Pakistan has been fuming for the past eight days after the attack, Obama’s comments did not include a formal apology or video message. In a statement, the White House said that Obama made it clear that it was not a deliberate attack, and both sides are committed to their relationship. Last week, U.S. officials said that Pakistan's border control had authorized the attack on what was thought to be Taliban insurgents.

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