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Defense Department Apologizes For Accidental Killings

December 23, 2011 by  

Defense Department Apologizes For Accidental Killings

Already frail U.S.-Pakistan relations were strained last month when a cross border air raid resulted in the death of two dozen Pakistani soldiers.

Pakistan responded to the killings by shutting off key U.S. supply routes into Afghanistan, according to International Business Times.

The Defense Department in a recent statement said of the military action, “given what information they had available to them at the time, acted in self-defense and with appropriate force after being fired upon. [We] also found that there was no intentional effort to target persons or places known to be part of the Pakistani military, or to deliberately provide inaccurate location information to Pakistani officials.”

The department blames “inadequate coordination by U.S. and Pakistani military officers operating through the border coordination center” for the accidental killings of the Pakistani soldiers.

“For the loss of life — and for the lack of proper coordination between U.S. and Pakistani forces that contributed to those losses — we express our deepest regret,” said the Defense Department statement. “We further express sincere condolences to the Pakistani people, to the Pakistani government, and most importantly to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who were killed or wounded.”

The Pakistani government, at the time this article was written, had not responded to the apology.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Devasahayam

    The only apology that should have been given to Pornistani government after the failed attacks by Faisal Shahzad (Times Square, May 2010) and Muhammed Faruq (3 DC Metro stations–Crystal City, Pentagon City, Metro Centre; October 2010) and 30 years of “stiffing” was “we’re sorry we didn’t act like Arthur Harris with your country as a very large Dresden!”.

    These soldiers were openly helping Taliban–and got justice done, delivery to the coalpits.

    • eddie47d

      Every innocent death is worth an apology and an apology should be given. Whether the battles(wars) are right or wrong is a different matter and another debate.If American police invaded your home and killed your family when they were suppose to hit the home next door I think you would demand an apology and lots of restitution.

      • Bob M

        BS There Ain’t no inocent people in Pakistan. Pakistani military, Taliban what’s the difference

      • http://naver sook young

        Then why hasn’t Al-Queda apollogized for all the innocent deaths of American citizens? Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

        • eddie47d

          al Qaeda is not a government and have loose affiliations all over the world. Big difference than killing innocent people in an allied country. The government of Pakistan is under constent threat of being overthrown by their military. The same military that we killed.Apologizing is an act of diplomacy to keep that country from going up in flames from within. That would make it harder for our troops in Afghanistan. Now if you want the 9/11 hijackers to apologize you’ll have to talk to their families in Saudi Arabia or that government.

          • http://naver Samurai

            Well Ed, it is true that AL-queda is not a government, the Taliban were in Afghanistan. So, shouldn’t they apollogize for the killing of our troops in Afghanistan? You know how it is Ed, we may do things we regret, but I’ve never heard this country apollogize for anything that I know of. I’ve never heard us apollogize for collateral damage. Have the Japnese apollogized to us for attackng us at Pearl Harbor, though FDR knew they were coming? Don’t say we didn’t, because it is a historical fact on record that Nagumo (Commander of the strike force that attacked Pearl Harbor) was notoriously known for never keeping radio silence. Ergo, a good radio station crew would be able to triangulate onto his position at all times. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

            P.S. Remember that they are also fighting in the northern aand western areas against the Taliban and are having a tough time at that. They also have the world’s 6th largest army.

          • James

            Eddie, Why didn’t we apologize to Irac when we discovered they didn’t have WMDs (were no threat to us), and bring our troops home?

  • Warrior

    And they portray Ron Paul’s foreign policy as “radical”. Well, I suppose it may be since who knows, lack of killing people and blowing up things may cause the earths population to explode. Imagine man made global warming x 2!

  • lastmanstanding

    Imo…all of these ‘mistakes/accidents/incidents are done to slowly, deliberately keep the turmoil building until the world is at war again.

    Look at how humans around the planet are manipulated by a very few who have all the money and must have all the power of decisions of what is best for the collective…that is communism. If you don’t think it’s already here…get a dictionary and define the word. Then look objectively at what is going on.

    folks, there are too many people on the earth who offer nothing in return…those in control want to do it their way. I will be judged by God alone.

    let me tell you something…they will not get their wish.

    God help those who help themselves and others…beware if you are a taker. Merry Christmas to all of you.

  • lastmanstanding

    There is nothing to lose by voting for Ron Paul…we are at the fork in the road…the road less traveled has never let me down, regardless of how frightening it is…the same “safe looking” path always leads back to the same troublesome place.

  • bob wire

    I seriously doubt if the truth to this will ever be fully known. These just too many people involved that would have the truth be their way for their purpose or too conceal and cover up.

    Pakistan as a nation is not exact on my Christmas Card list this year. Clearly it’s leadership in less control then the leadership of Mexico.

    We need to get out of Afghanistan post hast with a clear message to all concerned. Any nation that allows the export of Terrorism to reach America’s interest and borders, we are not coming to stay and spend money but to lay waste to such a degree the Stone Age will be something for them to aspire to.

    • Sharif

      You are welcomed to stay in Afghanistan as long as you wish!ButTake your ass out of Pakistan and fight your own war with Taliban! All Pakistanis want US to be out from Pakistan.We have helped you to fight against the Taliban and we have paid the price for helping US by loosing our 5000 soldiers and 35000 civilians! Now you are blaming our forces for your defeat? Your DEFEAT is clear by the hands of Taliban and you make an excuse that Pakistan is helping Taliban! If you have not learnt a lesson from the 10 years war in Afghanistan and 100 years of war between Great Briton and Afghanistan,You will meet the same fate …..defeat…defeat and defeat.The history will repeat itself. Do not forget what happened to Great Russia just two decades ago!Great American Empire will disintegrate the same way!

  • http://ObserverfromPhoenix Tom the Observer

    I thought the topic is about US apologizing for the mistaken strike that killed more tan 20 Pakistani soldiers. For some reasons a few went off the target and just vented their angry but irrational feelings against a Country that has sided by US and has given clear support for a number of years. Anyone can guess or estimate the real reasons Pakistan has supported US efforts to find Osama Bin Laden and brig him to justice. I believe that “Mission” has been accomplished, though in a way not quite adherent to the principle of mutual trust or cooperation.
    Ever since then there has been some “bad blood” going between US and Pakistan. Now this “incident” or “accident” happened
    I think anyone with good judgment around the world would interpret this incident as another “slap at face”, well perhaps more appropriately, another “stab” at Pakistan’s self-respect and
    sovereignty. Hence, the apology is not only due but should be forthcoming promptly.
    It is very curious why it has taken so much time and after such clamorous protests.
    I wonder if this “apology” is really sincere and prompted by real compunction, or is it just a calculated political move?
    No one could doubt US military superiority and technology. Therefore,
    to attribute this strike as an unintended “mechanic” mistake is, in my opinion, like pulling wool over a child’s eyes. I am not surprised many international observers would chuckle to death to take this “apology” as a serious attempt to make amend for a clear wrongdoing.
    AS for some of comments above, I wouldn’t even care to give my opinion. They are simply not worth commenting!


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