Pakistan Rejects US Self-defense Claim On Strikes

Published January 23, 2012 1:54PM (EST)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani army has formally rejected a U.S. claim that American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops last year were justified as self-defense.

The army issued a detailed report Monday in response to the U.S. investigation into the Nov. 26 attack on two Pakistani posts along the Afghan border.

The U.S. claimed the airstrikes were justified because Pakistani troops fired first at Afghan and American forces operating across the border in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani report claims its troops fired at militants, not coalition forces. It also claims the militants were operating in a different area than the foreign troops.

The report called the U.S. strikes "disproportionate" and "excessive." It said trying to blame Pakistan was "unjustified and unacceptable."

By Salon Staff

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