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Pakistan fire may have prompted NATO strike: WASHINGTON: Fire from a Pakistani military outpost into Afghanistan...

Pakistan fire may have prompted NATO strike: WASHINGTON: Fire from a Pakistani military outpost into Afghanistan...

WASHINGTON: Fire from a Pakistani military outpost into Afghanistan prompted the NATO cross-border air strikes that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead, a report said Sunday, citing Afghan and Western officials. The Wall Street Journal, citing three unnamed Afghan officials and one Western official, said the attack -- which has prompted fury in Islamabad -- was called in to shield NATO and Afghan forces targeting Taliban fighters. The fire came from remote outposts in the Mohmand region in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt, branded an Al-Qaeda hub by Washington. "There was firing coming from the position against Afghan army soldiers who requested support and this is what happened," an Afghan official in Kabul said on condition of anonymity. The official added that the government in Kabul believes the fire came from the Pakistani military base -- and not from insurgents in the are...

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