US admits mistakes in deadly Pakistan air strike
A US MILITARY investigation has found that US and Afghan commandos mistakenly called in an air strike on Pakistani bases that killed 24 soldiers last month, according to American officials familiar to the report.
The 60-page document has not yet been released but The Daily Telegraph has been told it will say that both the United States and Pakistan must share the blame for a catalogue of communications failures.
The cross-border attack plunged relations between the two countries to a new low, provoking a round of tit-for-tat allegations about who was responsible.
However, the findings of an American investigation show that the US and Afghan forces wrongly concluded there were no Pakistani forces in the border area where the coalition was conducting an operation on Nov 26, according to US officials talking to The Wall Street Journal.
That assessment cleared the way for an air strike that destroyed two Pakistani border posts.