US refuses to apologise for Pakistan air strike that killed 24 soldiers

Gen Martin Dempsey, the most senior figure in the US military has refused to apologise for an air strike at the weekend that killed 24 Pakistan soldiers.

Gen Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke as Pakistan closed its borders to Nato convoys supplying international troops in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani army claimed the attack lasted almost two hours, and that it continued even after commanders on the ground contacted Nato to ask what was going on.

In an interview with ITV News, Gen Dempsey said he telephoned the Chief of Pakistan’s army General Ashfaq Kayani and “expressed regret”

“They have reason to be furious that they have 24 soldiers dead and that what killed them was the ordinance of a partner,” he said.

Asked if there was anything apologise for however, Gen Dempsey said: “absolutely not”.

Gen Dempsey also admitted that the US relationship with Pakistan, viewed from the outside is “the worst it’s ever been”.

The White House last night said President Barack Obama was taking the incident “very seriously” and wanted to get to the bottom of the “tragedy”.

Closing the crossings will halt almost half of supplies for the Nato-led force, including British troops.

Accounts differ about what happened in the early hours of Saturday when American aircraft attacked two border posts inside Pakistan, but the fallout is clear: a deep diplomatic crisis threatening cooperation against Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.

Pakistan immediately shut its borders to convoys carrying fuel and supplies and said it was reviewing all military and diplomatic ties with the US and Nato.

Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s interior minister, said: “Nato forces should respect the feelings of the Pakistani nation.” He added that trucks and tankers already in the country would not be held back.

Although the US is transporting more of its equipment, food and fuel through central Asia in an attempt to reduce Pakistan’s leverage, the route through Karachi still accounts for 49 per cent of supplies destined for the 140,000-strong foreign force.

The International Security Assistance Force have played down the impact of closing the road. Lieutenant Gregory Keeley, a spokesman in Kabul, said: “ISAF uses a vast supply and distribution network to ensure coalition forces remain well-stocked in order to carry out their assigned mission across Afghanistan.”

Both sides blamed the other for the air strike. Western and Afghan officials say the raid was a response to firing from the Pakistani side of the border.

Pakistani soldiers wounded in the attack have told The Daily Telegraph there was no militant activity in the area.

Maj Gen Athar Abbas, an army spokesman, said the troops were victims of unprovoked aggression, and that commanders urged Nato to “get this fire to cease”. “Somehow it continued,” he said.

  1. #1 by Adalberto Erazo on 11/30/2011 - 9:34

    General Dempsey’s arrogance shows as well as America’s as a whole.God, the American military really needs a serious ass kicking. That is the only way a bully learns.

  2. #2 by AlHind on 11/30/2011 - 9:34

    Proves that this was done on purpose.

  3. #3 by Muslim4ever on 11/30/2011 - 9:34

    Most of the media is the fifth column for the enemies and traitors to the state. But this news report was emotional and patriotic and represented the emotions of the Muslim nation in rage and anger.

    The most powerful weapon of the enemy is media and information warfare weapons. Have you noticed that all major channels are blocking BrassTacks as both SAFMA and Voice of America control and fund most of the media in Pakistan! Alhamdolillah, enemies are badly hurt and burnt by our azaan and is desperate to keep us silent. But alhamdolillah, our voice is reaching to the world through alternate media and shaping the security and political profile of the nation.

    InshAllah, when we start the accountability of the corrupt and the terrorists, we will also bring the treacherous elements in media to a most severe accountability and punishment. The time for this regime is close to its end. InshAllah, a new dawn is rising which will bring khair, afiat and dignity to millat of Pakistan!

  4. #4 by Muslim4ever on 11/30/2011 - 9:34

    Alhamdolillah, We had been warning our nation for the last 4 years that grand strategic objectives of US war of terror is balkanization of Pakistan and re-shaping of the greater middle east. We had strongly warned about 4th generation war, Af-Pak and Indian Cold start and the alliance between Western Zionists and Hindu Zionists. We had exposed the insurgents and terrorists of TTP, MQM, BLA and ANP and their sinister war against Pak Sarzameen. We had exposed the Zionist economic system and collapse of the paper currency. We had given the glad tidings that this Pakistan is the Medina e Sani, under the shadows of Allah (swt) and Rasul Allah (sm) and is born to lead the Ghazwa e Hind! We had given the glad tidings that inshAllah, United States of Islam will be created and system of Khilafat e Rashida will dawn through Pakistan. We had warned our nation to prepare for a war which is slowly being imposed upon us like Iraq, Libya and Syria.

    Many in the country made fun of our azaan, many called us conspiracy theorists. Many snakes called us Qadianis, kafirs and agents of CIA. Many called us wild dreamers living in fool’s world. Most vicious and sinister campaign was launched against us to discredit our credibility because we were hitting the enemies of Rasul Allah (sm) very hard. But alhamdolillah, we had a duty towards this Pak Sarzameen and we continued to give our azaan despite the threats, risks and slandering. All enemy plans were exposed. Nation was united and a new hope was infused to rise, stand united and to stand firm against these threats.

    Alhamdolillah, today we tell you once again — enemy is planning a huge physical war against Pak Sarzameen, against the entire Muslim world. Pakistan is the last frontier of the Ummah, the strongest fort and the center of gravity. While they prepare a war, they want us to work for elections, fight amongst ourselves on sectarian, ethnic, provincial and linguistic lines. Media is their biggest weapon.

    But Alhamdolillah, we are ready now, armed, wearing our battle armor and sending a last warning to the crusaders that this time we will NOT take prisoners!

  5. #5 by Isaac on 12/01/2011 - 9:34

    That is the reason the bully Israhell has not attacked Iran, because they know they can also be wiped out. A bully needs to be kicked in the ass to learn how to behaved like humans not like animals. Thanks Erazo.

  6. #6 by ruby22shoes on 12/01/2011 - 9:34

    An attack that lasted over 2 hours & the US/Nato refuses to apologize?
    They are goading Pakistan as an excuse for accelerated aggression.

  7. #7 by Ingrid B on 12/01/2011 - 9:34

    After their “success” in Libya, the US and it`s allies probably believe they are invincible, and the traitorous Pakistani and Afghan leaderships, are guilty of collaberation, in this sense of invincibility, and I can`t honestly see either “leadership” starting to put the Afghan and Pakistani people`s needs first in the near future, they are too busy competing, to see which of them can get their self absorbed, greedy toungue, the farthest up the western backside..

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