Archive for Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Troops ordered to open fire on US raiders

September 17, 2008

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— Pakistan's army said Tuesday that its forces have orders to open fire if U.S. troops launch another raid across the Afghan border, raising the stakes in a dispute over how to tackle militant havens in Pakistan's unruly border zone.

Adm. Mike Mullen, the U.S. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, arrived in Pakistan late Tuesday amid the increased tensions. Mullen planned to meet with top civilian and military leaders to discuss a range of issues, including ways to improve coordination and cooperation along the Pakistan-Afghan border.

Pakistan's government has faced rising popular anger over a Sept. 3 ground attack by U.S. commandos into South Waziristan, a base for Taliban militants killing ever more U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Pakistan says about 15 people were killed, all of them civilians.

Comments

bondmen 6 years, 9 months ago

Care to make a wager they don't? But if they do - it'll be the first and last time!

RobertMarble 6 years, 9 months ago

yeah, that would be a really bad idea for the pakistani's to try.

acoupstick 6 years, 9 months ago

Pakistan is 100 times scarier than Afghanistan, Iraq, or Iran. Not a Bush fan, but I do support this harder line regarding pursuit of AQ in Pakistan.

compmd 6 years, 9 months ago

For those who think that the US would retaliate against Pakistan if they did open fire on American troops, let me ask you a question: When was the last time the United States attacked a nuclear-armed country?

Richard Heckler 6 years, 9 months ago

Butttttt it would be okay if the USA pot out the same order if Pakistan were attacking our borders?

bondmen 6 years, 9 months ago

merrill, I think it'd be ok if you went to our US border to meet them and then made a decision about what to do next. You have permission to be armed with US military weapons for your offensive or defensive use, it's your choice. Then if you're able, please report back to this newspaper comment box on your border experiences.

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