PAKISTAN: Why did the U.S. attack?

Snehal Shingavi reports on the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a NATO military assault–and the politics and military aims behind Washington’s not-so-secret war.

Socialist Worker, December 5, 2011

Protesters march in Pakistan against U.S. military attacksProtesters march in Pakistan against U.S. military attacks

GUNFIRE FROM NATO helicopters killed 24 Pakistani soldiers November 25 in Mohmand Province near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, in an attack on a military outpost that highlights the deep split between the Pakistani and U.S. governments over the war in Afghanistan.

NATO officials made contradictory claims about the attack–that it was a strategic error, but also that they had the go-ahead from the Pakistani leadership for the strike. Both of these claims were different from the original story–that NATO forces were fired on from across the Pakistani border. Accusations are also flying in Pakistan itself that there may have been communication between Pakistan and NATO forces approving the strike.

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