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    U.S. Admits Blame in Pakistan Strike

    Women supporters of Pakistani political and Islamic party Jammat-e-Islami (JI), stage an anti-US protest rally in Karachi on December 20, 2011. Since the attacks last month, Pakistan has charged that US-led forces deliberately carried out the air strikes that killed the two dozen soldiers, but the US has insisted the November 26 incident was a regrettable mistake. The incident came amid high tension between the US and Pakistan, whose military -- long the country's most powerful institution -- has been on the defensive since the secret US raid in May that killed Osama bin Laden. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Pentagon admits responsiblity for the air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan border last month, saying "inadequate co-ordination" with Pakistani officers and reliance on "incorrect mapping" led to the error. The investigation concluded that U.S. and Afghan commanders incorrectly believed that there were no Pakistani troops in the area before they struck. The findings, though humiliating, could help begin to repair damaged diplomatic ties. They contradict earlier U.S. account, some of which blamed Pakistan for giving an all-clear.

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