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U.S. Air Force General Clark Named to Lead Pakistan Deaths Probe

November 29, 2011

Nov. 28 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Marine General James Mattis named a brigadier general in Air Force special operations to lead a probe into a weekend air strike by the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan that killed 24 Pakistani troops at the border.

The governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan will be invited to participate in the investigation, according to a statement today by the U.S. Central Command. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which leads the coalition fighting in Afghanistan, will support, and cooperate with, the probe, the command said.

“Ensure openness and candor with them, respond to their questions they need to be addressed in the investigation and coordinate through them to receive evidence they offer,” Mattis told Brigadier General Stephen Clark in a letter appointing him as investigating officer.

“Their participation will facilitate the investigative process to determine what happened and how we preclude it from happening again,” Mattis wrote.

--Editors: Jim Rubin, Fred Strasser.

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