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Pakistan slams US after air strike kills 11 soldiers
AFP ^ | 11/06/2008 12h06 | staff

Posted on 06/11/2008 8:45:53 AM PDT by gandalftb

PESHAWAR (AFP) - Pakistan condemned a "cowardly" US air strike that killed 11 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border on Wednesday".

The attack on a checkpost in Pakistan's volatile tribal zone was the first of its kind.

A Pakistani army spokesman "condemned this completely unprovoked and cowardly act" and blamed the coalition for the "aerial attack" that destroyed a paramilitary post in the Mohmand tribal region, a statement said.

It confirmed that 11 soldiers were killed including an officer.

"The incident had hit at the very basis of cooperation and sacrifice with which Pakistani soldiers are supporting the coalition in the war against terror," it quoted the spokesman as saying.

Pakistan had lodged a strong protest with the coalition, it said.

Heavily armed local tribesmen brandishing rocket launchers and Kalashnikov rifles gathered near the checkpost in the mountainous Gora Prai area to show their support after the attack, residents said.

Pakistani security officials said the deaths came after Afghan troops crossed the porous frontier and tried to occupy the strategic Pakistani post in the troubled tribal belt, which borders eastern Afghanistan.

The post was in an area that has long been disputed between the two countries.

Pakistani troops repulsed the Afghan soldiers and the coalition then bombed the area. Coalition aircraft also killed around 15 Taliban militants about a kilometre (half a mile) away, the officials said.

A spokesman for Pakistani Taliban militants, Maulvi Omar, said eight "mujahideen (holy warriors)" were killed in an air strike by coalition helicopters.

He also said the rebels had shot down a coalition helicopter and captured seven Afghan soldiers when they were returning from "attacking" the post. There was no confirmation of either claim.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; gorparaicheckpoint; pakistan; taliban
Let's try to sort this out.

Afghan troops wanted to set up a checkpoint in the Speena Soka and Sargai Gandove area to secure a border crossing and have a high ground advantage over the Taliban just across the disputed border.

The Taliban have been conducting a lot of cross-border hit and run. The Frontier Constabulary (FC) has a border post there manned by local paramilitaries friendly to the Taliban.

Lots of opium and wheat smuggling goes on here by the Taliban.

Yesterday Afghanis were setting up a post opposite the FC post on the hilltop of Gora Payo. However, the high-ground part of the post was 70 meters into Paki claimed territory, which the Afghans don't recognize.

That's when the Pakis fired off mortars and small arms and the fight was on. The local Taliban, a kilometer away attacked with rpgs and small arms. We brought air support and Apaches.

Of about 40 FC, 15 are confirmed dead including a Major Akbar of the Pakistani Army.

There are constant daily skirmishes here and the Afghans have had enough. The local FC are little better than the Taliban and many are Taliban.

1 posted on 06/11/2008 8:45:53 AM PDT by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb
Gee, if the Pakis really controlled the tribal areas, they would have a more legitimate claim to sovereignty issues with the Afganis and allies in dealing with problems over the “border”.
2 posted on 06/11/2008 8:55:28 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: Paladin2
The sovereignty issue is a joke. This is Cambodia/Laos all over again. The Afghans get attacked and watch as the Taliban run for the border and a few minutes later the same Taliban are cooking supper in plain view.

We have a hot pursuit/open-border rule of engagement now. It is actually an advantage to let the Taliban operate close to the border and bunch up.

3 posted on 06/11/2008 9:01:11 AM PDT by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb

Breaking, check this out:

4 posted on 06/11/2008 9:10:43 AM PDT by gandalftb
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To: gandalftb; Paladin2
Report from US in Kabul...FR thread:

U.S. says it coordinated border raid with Pakistan ( Pak troops killed ...)

5 posted on 06/11/2008 9:12:17 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: gandalftb

Now that makes sense...

6 posted on 06/11/2008 9:14:26 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: gandalftb
The fog of war no doubt, but....

They think that's bad? Wait till Obama invades their country.

7 posted on 06/11/2008 9:24:50 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
These engagements are so fluid and chaotic, mistakes will happen. I don't think there was much coordination other than telling the Pakis we were in hot pursuit.

The KIA, Major Akbar, appears to be a Pakistani Regular Army advisor to the FC paramilitaries.

8 posted on 06/11/2008 9:40:47 AM PDT by gandalftb
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