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Afghan, Pakistani Troops Clash On Border Frontier

5 January 2005 -- Afghan and Pakistani soldiers have exchanged fire along their border, near the site of a reconaissance drone crash.

One Pakistani soldier was confirmed killed in the fighting, which happened on 3 January near Miramshah, a city in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, adjacent to Afghanistan's Khost Province.

Iran's official IRNA news agency, quoting local Pakistani media, says 15 Afghan troops were also killed in the heavy exchanges of crossborder fire.

The fighting broke out when forces from both sides were collecting wreckage of a U.S. surveillance drone that drifted into Pakistani airspace and crashed in the area on 2 January.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan said a team was dispatched to destroy the wreckage and said the fighting was a result of a "misunderstanding." Pakistan's military accuses Afghan forces of initiating the gunbattle.