Sunday, September 28, 2008

PAKISTAN FIRES ON NATO AIRCRAFT

BBC - Pakistan says its troops fired warning shots at two NATO helicopters as they crossed the border from Afghanistan. It is the first time the Pakistan army has admitted opening fire near US or NATO forces, as tension grows over cross border military action. NATO said its aircraft were not in Pakistani airspace when shots were fired over Khost province. . .

Chief Pakistani military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said that the helicopters had "crossed into our territory in Ghulam Khan area. . . They passed over our checkpost so our troops fired warning shots."

However, Pakistan's new president, Asif Ali Zardari, appeared to contradict his military spokesman, insisting that his troops had only fired "flares" to warn the helicopters they were near the Pakistan border.

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