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.’