US Releases Video Showing Clashes Along Afghan Border That Proceeded Bombing of Pakistani Base
Pakistan is outraged after 11 soldiers died in a US bombing near the border with Afghanistan.
They lodged a complaint with US officials:
But today the US released video footage of the clashes with insurgents before the bombings.
The US released footage of the battle with insurgents on Tuesday that resulted in an airstrike that killed 11 Pakistani troops.
The Washington Post reported:
The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan released footage Thursday of a skirmish with militants that Pakistan claims resulted in an airstrike on one of its border posts that killed 11 of its troops.
Pakistan has lodged a strong diplomatic protest, saying the bombing of the Gorparai post in the Mohmand frontier region on Tuesday was a “completely unprovoked and cowardly act.”
But Pakistani and U.S. officials have given widely differing accounts of an event that threatens to further sour relations between key allies in Washington’s war on terror _ _ a partnership already unpopular among Pakistanis.
To support its version, the coalition on Thursday took the unusual step of releasing excerpts of a video shot by a surveillance drone circling above the mountainous battle zone.
The grainy, monochrome images show about a half-dozen men firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades from a ridge at coalition troops off-camera in the valley below.
According to the voiceover in the video, the ridge is in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, about 200 yards from the Pakistan border and close to the Gorparai checkpoint.
…The video shows the “anti-Afghan militants” moving to a position identified as inside Pakistan and the impact of a bomb which the voiceover says killed two of them.
The survivors then fled into a ravine, where three more bombs were dropped, nearly three hours after the clash began. The voiceover said all the militants were killed.
One of the bombs fell off screen, and U.S. officials said about a dozen bombs were dropped in all.
On Wednesday, U.S. diplomats offered apologies for the reported casualties. But the Pentagon insisted that the drone footage of the bombings showed they hit their intended targets.
Pakistan says the attacks killed 11 of its soldiers and wounded many more. (Aljazeera)
On Monday a report published by the RAND Corp. claimed that Pakistani intelligence agents and paramilitary forces have helped train Taliban insurgents and have given them information about American troop movements in Afghanistan