US report "contrary to facts"
January 23rd, 2012
05:01 PM ET

US report "contrary to facts"

By CNN's Larry Shaughnessy

Pakistan released a report Monday laying out its version of a cross-border airstrike by U.S. and coalition forces that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead, repeating its disagreement with the U.S. version of events.

"The fundamental cause of the incident of 26th November 2011 was the failure of US/ISAF to share its near-border operation with Pakistan at any level," Pakistan military's report said.

The U.S. military's investigation of the event, led by Gen. Stephen Clark, says "the catalyst for the engagement was the opening of fire by PAKMIL (Pakistani military) Forces."

Pakistan said the American report "is structured around the argument of 'self defence' and 'proportional use of force,' an argument which is contrary to facts and therefore self-serving." It says there was "sustained aggression which continued for as long as '90 minutes' despite US/ISAF being informed about the incident at multiple levels by Pakistan military."

The United States repeatedly asked Pakistan to cooperate with Clark's investigation so he could get a clearer understanding of the incident, Pentagon officials have said. Pakistan refused the requests.

Still, Department of Defense spokesman Capt. John Kirby said Pentagon officials "stand 100% by the findings of the investigation that Gen. Clark did."

And while the Pentagon puts much of the blame on Pakistanis who fired on coalition troops, the American investigation also found problems with some U.S. actions during the clash. Clark's report found that "miscommunication and imprecise terminology" between various coalition units, including U.S. Special Operations troops, "resulted in a false understanding of there being no PAKMIL in the area."

The Pakistani report said that even putting part of the blame on its forces is wrong.

"There have clearly been several failures on the part of US/ISAF/NATO. Trying to affix partial responsibility of the incident on Pakistan is, therefore, unjustified and unacceptable," it said.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Sandro

    A consumer is a shpoper who is sore about something. Nowadays shopping has become a trend and people buy different products and give it to their loved ones on different occasions.

    May 22, 2012 at 12:48 am | Reply
  2. glennrobertg

    We need to get out of Afganistan and Pakistan NOW!

    January 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  3. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Denial is part of the Pakistani mentality.

    Give them all the aid you want, the Pakistanis (& the Turks, Egyptians, Palestanians in short the etire Muslim world) will NEVER stop hating the west.....inspite of gallant efforts to rob American tax payers off of their hard earned money led by CNN's own crusaders Mr. Fareed Zakaria, Dean ObeidALLAH and others incl. Imam Rauf, Rashad Hassan, Ethan Casey.

    Most of the aid recieved is diverted to aid the militants (Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah etc.) who use it to kill our own brave soldiers, attack our troops as this Pakistani incident clearly shows!

    SO STOP AIDING THEM....PERIOD!

    January 24, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
    • Bob

      No body need advise from you Hindu thugs, You are stealing American jobs go back to India.

      January 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • Mama's Boy General MacArthur

      A vain, arrogant, bullying India is a far greater threat than a defiant Pakistan.

      January 24, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  4. radgast

    I do find it difficult to understand how pakistan believes they have zero blame, especially when there is so miuch miscommunication. Clearly it takes both sides to communicate and Pakistan refused to provide critical information as well.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  5. America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

    Ignorant American chicken-hawks couldn't be bothered to listen to the Pakistani's (or anyone else}. After all, it will neither be them or their children who will be slaughtered for nothing.

    January 23, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • Buzzer

      Reference paragraph #5...I guess this article was too long for you and was "buried" in this extensive 9 paragraph article.

      January 24, 2012 at 10:59 am | Reply
      • America's Greatest Fairy; J. Edgar Homo

        Believe all the Pentagon bullshit you want.

        January 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • Reality

      Doing operation on Pakistani border without informing Pakistan is attack on Pakistan and Pakistan has full right to attack any body who attacks their border.

      Now tell me how many Pakistan's soldiers killed any American soldier ? and how many Afghan soldiers have killed Americans ?

      January 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
      • ToughLuck

        I guess that just means that the Afghan soldiers are better trained than the Pakistani forces.

        January 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm |

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