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Separate US probe planned into NATO airstrike
US Central Command to investigate NATO's involvement in airstrike along Afghan border
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A defense official tells The Associated Press that U.S. Central Command will conduct its own investigation into NATO's involvement in airstrikes along the Afghan border that killed 24 Pakistani troops.

Gen. James Mattis, who heads the command, is expected to appoint an investigating officer by Monday. That's according to the defense official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

NATO has a separate investigation under way. A key question to be examined by the U.S. is who approved the Saturday airstrikes and why.

Afghan officials say their soldiers called for help after being fired upon from the direction of Pakistani border posts. Pakistani authorities claim the airstrikes were unprovoked.

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