WASHINGTON — The United States military has decided that no service members will face disciplinary charges for their involvement in a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, an accident that plunged relations between the two countries to new depths and has greatly complicated the allied mission in Afghanistan.
An American investigation in December found fault with both American and Pakistani troops for the deadly exchange of fire, but noted that the Pakistanis fired first from two border posts that were not on coalition maps, and that they kept firing even after the Americans tried to warn them that they were shooting at allied troops. Pakistan has rejected these conclusions and ascribed most of the blame to the American forces.
The American findings set up a second inquiry to determine whether any American military personnel should be punished. That recently completed review said no, three senior military officials said, explaining that the Americans fired in self-defense. Other mistakes that contributed to the fatal cross-border strike were the regrettable result of battlefield confusion, they said.
slamabad: A Pakistani minister has said the country should restore suspended Nato supply routes to Afghanistan with some conditions in the larger interest of the nation. Gulam Ahmad Bilour, minister for railways, said in an interview published here yesterday that the nation was not in a position to invite US hostility.
Originally posted by AaronWilson
Plain and simple, the person fireing the artillary/mortars probably feel bad enough about their mistake.