US says sorry, Pakistan opens Afghan supply lines

8:53 AM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Trucks carrying NATO goods are expected to start rolling across Pakistan's border into Afghanistan on Wednesday - now that the U.S. has apologized to Pakistan for the deaths of 24 Pakistani troops last fall.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke with her Pakistani counterpart on Tuesday. She said she told the official the U.S. was sorry for the losses suffered by Pakistan's military.

In return, Pakistan is reopening the critical NATO supply lines. The agreement could save the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars in war costs.

Last November's incident that claimed the lives of the Pakistani troops was the deadliest involving the allies in the decade-long fight against al-Qaida and other terror groups.

An American investigation found that the Pakistani forces fired first, and that U.S. soldiers responded in self-defense. Pakistan maintained that its troops fired at militants who were nowhere near coalition soldiers, and accused the U.S. of launching a deliberate attack

The Associated Press

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