NATO Choppers, Pakistani Troops ‘Exchange Fire’

Spencer Ackerman


Somewhere, John Kerry is gesturing for an aide to bring him three Advils and a Bushmill’s chaser. Just after the Massachusetts senator cajoles the Pakistanis into returning the remains of the stealth helicopter used in the Osama bin Laden raid, NATO helicopters got into a shooting match with Pakistani troops at a border post, injuring two soldiers. Timing is everything.

Initial reports indicate that the NATO helicopters crossed into North Waziristan. It’s not yet clear if the helicopters were pursuing insurgents, but they encountered a border post manned by 20 soldiers at Datta Khel. A statement from the Pakistani military suggests that the soldiers shot first, prompting an “exchange of fire,” but the actual sequence of events isn’t clear yet.

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