Pakistan: US Attack on Base Lasted ‘Almost Two Hours’ as Calls to Stop Were Ignored

Pakistani Military Spokesman Angrily Rejects Claim They Started It

Questions continue to grow over the Friday night US attack on a Pakistani military base today, with new reports coming out of Pakistan saying that the air attacks against the base lasted for almost two hours.

The Army statement says that the base repeatedly broadcast calls for a ceasefire over the course of the two hours and that those calls were repeatedly ignored, with the attack, carried out by warplanes and helicopters, killing 24 soldiers.

Major General Athar Abbas, the Pakistani Army’s chief spokesman, termed the attack a “deliberate aggression” by NATO and angrily rejected the new claims that the Pakistani army had started it.

“There was no fire from this direction,” Abbas insisted, challenging the claims on the basis that there were zero claims of any casualties on NATO’s side and no evidence that the people at the base, who were sleeping at the time, did anything to provoke the strikes.

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  • Aiden

    Pakistan needs to rid itself of the US terror machine, and preserve its independence. If not, the US/NATO will do as they did in Lybia and create more chaos…

  • Why is NATO acting like the U.S.? Have they capitulated to the American Eagle, become its handmaids?

    When is the world going to see the U.S. as it really is: a rogue nation that loves war and killing, a nation that is infinitely greedy, a nation peopled by white supremacist racists?

    The U.S. will reap the whirlwind one day!

    • John

      Right you are! Amerikkka is going to be served a reality sandwich. Always good to see a bully beaten down.

    • curmudgeonvt

      I don't generally disagree with your statements but generalizations are sometimes like using a hand grenade to eradicate an anthill. I'm sure there are white supremacist racists everywhere, even the UK but they are not likely to be a majority, even here. And I must point out that in the past couple of decades especially, the UK has not been far from the US's side – usually in the shadow but never far from the front – Blair was Bush's poodle, not the reverse. The shame is shared by many.

      But, that's just this old Curmudgeon's opinion.

    • pendulum

      Canada wants to get rid of the beaver and secretly adopt the eagle.

  • Zia Ahad

    This is patently insane! The entire US political apparatus seems hell-bent on potraying Pakistan as an undependable and unwilling ally in the Bush-man's war on terror. How would the US have reacted if its military personnel were attacked in a like manner within the US – by friend or foe? Why would any "ally" put up with routine drone attacks on its citizens in blatant disregard of every international law and in defiance of sovereign rights of any nation? Having continued – and even expanded – his predecessor's disastrous wars abroad, Obama should be asked to return the Nobel Peace Prize. After all, if Bush can rightfully be indicted for war crimes, why should Obama be considered any different for pursuing the same policies. So much for change!

    • David762

      Apparently, the USA military is in competition with Israel as to who's the 'bad a^^' in the neighborhood. The Israeli's did it to the USA in 1967 when they attacked the USS Liberty. Now the USA military has 'crossed the Rubicon' in our relations with Pakistan. Heck of a way to wage a war — by making an important ally in the region really angry at USA.

      The expanded drone war over Pakistan has killed thousands, most of whom cannot have been specifically identified by name or affiliation — designated as 'collateral damage' at worst. Somehow, I don't think that the Pakistani government will continue to accept Foreign & Military Aid from the USA — good for them for asserting their independence as a sovereign nation.

      The difference in reaction between the USA government after the attack on the USS Liberty and Pakistan after a deliberate attack on one of their military installations illustrates perfectly just how much the USA is Israel's 'bit^^'.

  • Mistic

    Pakistan should sever in links with US & NATO immediately without any discussion and ask them vacate all bases and remove all military from Pakistan immediately.

  • Don't they know only isreal can get away with deliberate attacks such as this (e.g. USS Liberty)?

  • MoT

    Amazingly, or not I suspect, you never have those "brave" pilots step before a camera and take credit for the wonderful job they're doing. After Gulf War 1 the orgiastic media and TeeVee shows regurgitated a constant vomitous stream of propaganda with pilots even giving comments on their "surgical" strikes. Nary a peep today.

    • Base

      As opposed to the SEAL team 6 that all were killed after killing bin Laden

  • Jaime

    What happens is that the guys at the USAF are totally stressed out, and they need a good relax. So, what do psychopaths do to entertain themselves? Kill, kill, kill.

  • jorgespbr

    get the hell out afghanistan, thats a FUBAR mission

  • Bill

    It's hard to believe the attack was accidental. It may be revenge for Pakistan's public whining about US policies and daily atrocities. This attack lets Pakistan know who's boss.

    The US will throw a few bucks at the grieving families, send the suits over for photo ops, but back in interior hallways in Washington DC, chortle over "Mission Accomplished".

  • liveload

    If I was to guess at what really happened I would say the Pakistani troops caught one of our death squads and got hammered as a result.

    • MoT

      So they took out both the Pakistanis and their supposed "prisoners" for a little CYA? I suppose the casualties would be staggered over a period of time to the families of the departed and thus buried from further scrutiny. Crazy and sick but pretty much up Uncle Sams alley.