Pentagon Report Says Both US and Pakistan to Blame in November's Deadly Airstrike

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pakistani protesters carry national flags during a demonstration in Islamabad on December 8, 2011 against the cross-border NATO air strike on Pakistani troops. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

It's been a tumultuous year for U.S.-Pakistan relations. First came the arrest of a CIA contractor in Lahore who killed two Pakistani citizens, then the raid by U.S. special forces that ended in the death of Osama bin Laden. But relations hit a new low last month when a NATO air strike killed 26 Pakistani soldiers. A Pentagon report released Thursday says both countries share in the blame for the deadly attack, that Pakistani forces fired first.

Marvin Weinbaum, scholar-in-residence at the Middle East Institute and a former State Department Analyst on Pakistan and Afghanistan, discuss the report's findings. 

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