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US Suspects NATO Was Lured into Raid

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 14:57
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NATO forces may have been lured into attacking friendly Pakistani border posts in a calculated maneuver by the Taliban, according to preliminary US military reports on the deadliest friendly-fire incident with Pakistan since the Afghanistan war began. The NATO airstrike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers over the weekend in an apparent case of mistaken identity. A joint US-Afghan patrol was attacked by the Taliban early Saturday morning. While pursuing the enemy in the poorly marked border area, the patrol seems to have mistaken one of the Pakistan troop outposts for a militant encampment and called in a NATO gunship and attack helicopters to open fire. The reports suggest the Taliban may have deliberately provoked a cross-border firefight that would set back fragile partnerships between the US, NATO and Pakistan.

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