U.S. Leaves Pakistani Airbase

    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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    That’s a wrap. Sunday the U.S. left the Shamsi airbase following a 15-day ultimatum from the Pakistani government. The U.S. was told to leave the base—believed to be a major post for drone operations in Afghanistan and Northern Pakistan—after a NATO raid left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead last month. Pakistan has said that it will shoot down any drone that enters its airspace. Border posts have reportedly been stocked with air defense systems in the event of an intrusion. Pakistan also closed an important supply route into Afghanistan.

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