Skip to content or view screen version

Is Pakistan Next?

souljah | 04.01.2003 16:48

As thousands of Pakistanis prepared to demonstrate Friday against the possibility of a U.S.-led war against Iraq, American troops based in Afghanistan threatened to complicate U.S.-Pakistani relations by asserting they have the right to cross the border into Pakistan in hot pursuit of enemy fighters.

Is Pakistan Next?
Posted by: souljah on Jan 03, 2003 - 05:47 PM

Things are heating up in Pakistan

I got this in the mail a couple of days ago:

Australian Broadcasting Company
January 1, 2002

US bombs hit Pakistan town after border clash (excerpt)

The US military has bombed an abandoned religious school on Pakistani territory after a gunbattle between US and Pakistani troops on the border with Afghanistan, Pakistan officials said on Tuesday.

The US military said one of its soldiers had been wounded in Afghanistan on Sunday local time in an exchange of gunfire with a Pakistani border guard.

A Pakistani official said two border guards were also injured.

Pakistan is a close US ally in the war on terror and says it has stationed 60,000-70,000 troops on the Afghan border to help track down remnants of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network and leaders of the Taliban regime that sheltered them.

The wounded American was part of a unit conducting a mission with Pakistani forces along the Afghan border when a disagreement appeared to break out, according to a statement released by the US military at their Afghan headquarters at Bagram air base.

"A Pakistani border scout opened fire with a G3 rifle after the US patrol asked him to return to the Pakistan side of the border," the statement said.

"That individual and several others retreated to a nearby structure.

"Close air support was requested and one 500-lb bomb was dropped on the target area."

Mohammad Khurshied, a local official in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area close to the Afghan border, later said a seminary in the Pakistani town of Angor Adda had been hit by US warplanes.

A Pakistani intelligence official said two bombs were dropped on Pakistani soil, but he reported no injuries.

The US military said the incident happened near the Afghan village of Shkin, which lies on the border with Pakistan.

"We are working with the Pakistanis for an accurate battlefield damage assessment from the incident," it said.

Mr Khurshied said a series of talks between US and Pakistani military officials on the border had resolved differences surrounding Sunday's incident.

The US statement did not give details of the joint US and Pakistani mission or say whether it was taking place inside Pakistan or Afghanistan.

More on this, including some little-known background at: