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NATO blames ‘bad maps’ for drone strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops
Posted By kurtnimmo On December 22, 2011 @ 4:03 pm In Tile,World News | Comments Disabled
December 22, 2011
NATO have blamed bad maps for last month’s drone strike that killed 24 Pakistani troops at a post close to the Afghan border.
An investigation into the attack concluded that reliance on incorrect mapping information shared with the Pakistani liaison officer resulted in a misunderstanding about the true location of Pakistani military units.’
The US Defence Department said the investigation found US forces – given what information they had available to them at the time – reacted in self-defence and with appropriate force after being fired upon from the direction of the Pakistani border. A NATO spokesman said: ‘The report says we recognise we made mistakes, and that mistakes were also made by the Pakistanis.
‘We have a lot of work to do to improve co-ordination, and we’ve already implemented steps to do that.’
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