Tribune Take: Miscommunication may have led to NATO attack

The NATO attack could be a case of miscom­munica­tion betwee­n the two forces, says Iftikh­ar Firdou­s.

Mahawish Rezvi November 26, 2011

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we look at the latest attack by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) helicopters that killed at least 24 security personnel and injured 12 soldiers on the Pak-Afghan border. 

The attack took place at a check post in Salala, which is located in the Tehsil Bayzai area of Mohmand Agency, which just happens to be the home town of Express 24/7 correspondent, Iftikhar Firdous.  He discuses the significance of this check post, especially why a large contingent of Pakistani troops were stationed there recently.

Firdous explains the strategic importance that this route holds for the Taliban as well, who they use the area to cross over from Afghanistan. He says usually NATO coordinates well with the Pakistan army during any operation, so this attack could have been a case of miscommunication between the two armies.

Read Iftikhar Firdous' articles here.


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Harry Stone | 9 years ago | Reply

The key comment in this article and the overall report is the level of mistrust that exists between NATO and PAK. There is good reason for NATO and the US not to trust PAK.

antanu | 9 years ago | Reply

And again...the attack continued for 2 hours inspite of contacts made by Pak authorities. What kind of miscommunication it was?.

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