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AP sources: Fatal raid likely case of mistaken ID
APNewsBreak: Fatal NATO raid in Pakistan likely a case of mistaken ID by US, Afghan forces
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' U.S. officials believe a case of mistaken identity may have led to the deadliest case of friendly fire with Pakistan since the Afghanistan war began.

The Associated Press has learned details of the raid, which began when a joint U.S.-Afghan special operations team was attacked by militants in Afghanistan.

They called for air strikes, which killed up to 25 Pakistani soldiers at a border post inside Pakistan.

According to U.S. military records, the joint U.S.-Afghan patrol checked with the Pakistanis before returning fire. Officials described the records on condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters.

Hunting the escaped militants two hours later, the U.S. commander spotted what he thought was a militant encampment, and called for the deadly air strikes. That encampment was apparently the Pakistani base.

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