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Pakistan Military Rejects U.S. Findings on Deadly Border Strike

December 28, 2011

Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan’s army rejected a U.S. Defense Department report which said American forces shared responsibility for a Nov. 26 border clash that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

The “Pakistan army does not agree with the findings of the U.S./NATO inquiry as being reported in the media,” according to a statement posted on the army’s website today. “The inquiry report is short on facts.”

Inadequate coordination by U.S. and Pakistan military officers and reliance on incorrect mapping information helped allow the battle to take place, the Defense Department said in a statement yesterday.

The late-night strikes, in which an AC-130 gunship and two AH-64 Apache U.S. helicopters fired rockets and munitions at two Pakistani border posts, led Pakistan to close its territory to military supplies for American forces in Afghanistan and to suspend much of its military and intelligence cooperation with the U.S.

Pakistan’s military, which didn’t participate in the investigation, will give its full response after receiving a copy of the report, the army said in the statement.

--Editor: Mark Williams

To contact the reporters on this story: Haris Anwar in Islamabad at hanwar2@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Hirschberg at phirschberg@bloomberg.net;


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