U.S. Admits Blame in Pakistan Strike

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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.