Pakistani officials gave ok for raid
Washington - US officials consulted with
Pakistani officials before an airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and
the Pakistanis gave the go-ahead for the attack, The Wall Street Journal
reported on Friday.
The officials at a border coordination centre
were unaware that their troops were in the area on Saturday near the Afghan
border, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed US officials familiar with
initial investigations into the helicopter strike.
An Afghan-US troop contingent hunting
militants near the border came under fire from what they believed to be
militants but the gunfire was actually from Pakistani troops, the officials
told the Journal.
Permission for an airstrike was sought from a
border coordination centre manned by Pakistani, Afghan and US officials, one
official was quoted as saying.
The Pakistani officials had not been informed
Pakistani soldiers were in the area and gave the green light to the two
helicopter strikes in the Mohmand Agency, one of Pakistan's seven tribal
districts, the official told the Journal, citing information gathered from