Tuesday 16 January 2018

NATO raid on Afghan border 'unprovoked'

Ashfaq Yusufzai and Rob Crilly

Pakistani soldiers who survived a NATO air strike on two military border posts that killed 24 troops insisted yesterday that they had not opened fire across the Afghan border and were the victims of an unprovoked attack by American aircraft.

NATO has so far stopped short of apologising for Saturday's raid but has expressed regret for what it termed "a tragic unintended incident", that has taken relations between Islamabad and Washington to the brink of collapse and prompted protests in Pakistani cities.

It is understood that the attack was carried out during a US and Afghan special forces operation to clear alleged Taliban training camps.

Afghan officials claimed their forces had called in an air strike after coming under attack from the Pakistani side of the border. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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