US Releases Pakistan Border Clash Video

Coalition says footage proves troops were returning militants' fire
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2008 7:50 AM CDT
Pakistani officials and others offer funeral prayers to Pakistani paramilitary troops who lost their lives during a clash at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.   (AP Photo/Press Information Department)
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(Newser) – US-led coalition forces have released a video shot from a surveillance drone showing a controversial clash on the Afghan-Pakistan border. Pakistan claims the engagement led to an airstrike that killed 11 of its troops, but the coalition says the footage proves that US and Afghan forces were simply returning fire after being attacked, the AP reports.

"Every indication we have is that this was a legitimate strike against forces that had attacked members of the coalition," says the Defense Department's press secretary. The incident has shaken the already fragile partnership between the US and Pakistan in the  battle against Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.