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Official: Pakistan Resumes Some Cooperation With NATO

German Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson

German Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson

NATO says Pakistan has resumed some cooperation with U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan following NATO strikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

A NATO spokesman, German Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson, said Islamabad communicated with the alliance to prevent an exchange of fire over the border late on November 29 from turning into another international incident.

Jacobson also expressed hope that Pakistan's cooperation in resolving the incident in eastern Afghanistan's Paktia Province signaled the two sides could recover from the recent tragedy.

Earlier, a senior Pakistani Army official was quoted as saying the cross-border air attack by NATO forces in Afghanistan that killed the Pakistani soldiers was a "deliberate" act of aggression against Pakistani forces.

The remarks by Major General Ashfaq Nadeem, director-general of military operations, were quoted in Pakistani newspapers.

The Pentagon has insisted that the NATO air strike was in no way a deliberate U.S. attack on Pakistan.

U.S. and NATO officials have promised a thorough investigation of the incident, and have suggested that NATO helicopters may have opened fire on the Pakistani forces in a case of mistaken identity.

compiled from agency reports

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