Pakistan Returns to Cooperation after U.S. Air Strike

Pakistan has begun sending officials back to coordination centers along the Afghanistan border after withdrawing them in November in protest of a United States air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

According to the U.S., American and Afghan troops came under fire while working together in a border region and the air strike was ordered as an act of self-defense. The U.S. said American forces checked with Pakistani officials to ensure there were no Pakistani troops in the area before launching the ill-fated air strike on Nov. 26.

Both NATO and the U.S. called the deaths “tragic and unintended,” but the incident cooled their relationship with Pakistan.

Shortly after the attacks, Pakistan shut down all NATO movement in the area, pulled its representatives out of coordination centers, recalled staff from Kabul, and blocked shipping routes for NATO supplies to Afghanistan.

It was more than two weeks after the attacks that Pakistan indicated it would again begin cooperating with NATO and the U.S., returning staff and re-opening travel routes. After launching an investigation, headed by U.S. Brig. Gen. Stephen Turner, American and Pakistani representatives met to discuss the incident and renew their commitment to cooperation and better communication.