Communications failure led to NATO attack-U.K.

Releasing a redacted, unclassified version of an earlier assessment, the US military has conceded that Chain-of command failures led to Pakistani forces enduring 45 minutes of a sustained artillary and air attack from NATO forces near the Afghanistan – Pakistan border on Nov. 26, Partially recasting its earlier assessment that “both sides” shared responsibility for the  clash, in which 34 Pakistani soldiers lost their lives, the report noted that the delay in Communication between a NATO  operations after in Afghanistan and a top allied – forces Commander resulted in the International Security Asst. Force leadership knowing about the PakMil presence in the area only after shooting had already stopped.

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