NATO helicopters cross into Pakistan chasing insurgents
September 27th, 2010
10:36 AM ET

NATO helicopters cross into Pakistan chasing insurgents

NATO helicopters crossed into Pakistani airspace from Afghanistan in pursuit of insurgents over the weekend, killing 49 people, a spokesman told CNN Monday.

Crossing the border did not violate the International Security Assistance Force rules of engagement, Maj. Michael Johnson said.

Pakistan is very sensitive about United States-led military operations on its territory and issued a strong protest Monday.

Pakistan called the incursions "a clear violation and breach" of the United Nations rules for foreign forces in Afghanistan.

The United Nations "mandate terminates/finishes at the Afghanistan border. There are no agreed hot pursuit rules," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Johnson could not say whether the insurgents were killed in Afghanistan or Pakistan, or even whether the NATO helicopters fired their weapons in Pakistani territory.

They were responding to an insurgent attack on a remote Afghan National Security Force outpost in Khost province on Friday, ISAF said in a statement.

The statement suggests that the insurgents were shooting from the Pakistani side of the border.

"An air weapons team in the area observed the enemy fire, and following International Security Assistance Force rules of engagement, crossed into the area of enemy fire," the statement said.

Johnson, the ISAF spokesman, could not say how often NATO forces crossed into Pakistani airspace - but said it had happened again Monday morning.

NATO is still getting the details on that incident, which he called "much smaller."

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  1. USMC Forever


    October 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. George Patton

    All this right-wing mumbo-jumbo is getting quite sickening and old.I just wish that all you stupid warmongers would just shut up once and for all!!!

    September 28, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Back again i see Daniel-2.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Abdulla El Foola

        I agree with George.These stupid warmongers need to shut up.By the way,is that really you,Andrew or Gary Johndro blogging under your name again?

        September 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grimlock

      How right you are,George.Thank you for your imput.

      September 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        I completely agree.

        September 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patel

    Before you Label others, go look in the mirror and see if you look like a P.I.G or a H.O.G (not as in military snipper terms).
    Oh and if you still don't get it, go see the tape "Soldier Describes Murder of Afghan for Sport in Leaked" NYT.

    September 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grimlock

      Thank you Patel for your comment.

      September 28, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Patel

        Who asked for your worthless opinion

        September 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ian

    for the people who have forgotten. the goals for these Islamic extremist is to kill the infidel. Leaving this area now will give these idiots a safe haven to regroup and broaden their attacks at a global theater. REMEMBER their goal is to get so big so they can attack the United States, rid the infidel, and have the world in sharia law. They have economic plans, civil plans, public transportation to self defense plans. Their rule is unjust in this world. You may say get out (it does look ugly now) but if we do it would be 100 times worse in the long run. You can't negotiate with these people because they have never kept their word. If Pakistanis hate that we are in their space then they need to make up their minds. With us or without us. Finally a new strategy (long overdue) to rid these cowards of their survival. Why Pakistan refuses or does not like us their leads me to think that they are our enemy as well. One would think a thank you would be proper for ridding your country from it's cancer.

    September 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Grimlock

    Hunt them down and give them nowhere to hide, they act like cowards dressing in women's clothes and hiding behind civilians.

    September 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      As the enemy of the state of Pakistan they deserve no protection from the government, they should be grateful that someone is hunting them down. Most of them are not from the Afghanistan either some are Chechen's.

      September 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grimlock

      Now this creep is using my name to make his idiotic statements!!! This gets aggravating after a while.Those thugs had no right to cross into Pakistan but they were driven by their taste for killing and thirst for blood which is inexcusable!

      September 28, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. USMC Forever

    You roman are STUPID, terrorism doesn't exist, what are you smoking retard boy????? They protected a terrorist Osama Bin Laden, thats why we are killing them. I say kill them anywhere they go and the countries that don't like it, to bad so sad, then clean up your poophole country, OR PAY THE BIG PRICE FOR NOT DOING SO, RETARDS!!!!

    September 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Hey you,will you stop usurping my name? If you want to be stupid then post under your own name for a change!!!

      September 28, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        Shut the FOOK UP, I am the real USMC Forever, I am in the Marines P****Y Boy!! Be lucky I can't come through your computer and smash your anus!!! I hate FOOKERS like you that steal other call signs find your own P****Y Beeeeooooocchhhh!!!!

        September 28, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Come on USMC Forever,will you kindly cut the Tea Party lingo?It has no place here.

        September 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. roman

    we (U.S.) dont even need to be over there. bring the troops home!
    war is nothing but a big business. people open your eyes, see the truth. homeland security is taking away our rights any chance they get. terrorism doesnt exist. they want to keep you scared.

    September 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      They're over there fighting the same b@stards who were responsible for 9/11, genius.
      Gad, how I wish we could drop all you moronic conspiracy theorists onto Waziristan and watch them hunt you down for sport!

      September 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Sorry roman,I didn't post that stupid statement above but some jerk is trying to make me look stupid again.I agree with you.

        September 28, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. The other Steve

    The war won't be won with all these stupid rules about where and when we can use firepower. The Taliban know what we can and can't do, so they will strike and then run back over the border thinking that they will be safe. Well, these terrorists now know (or don't know, because they're dead) that tactic doesn't always work. If we did this more often, the it would really strain the terrorists. If Pakistan doesn't like it, well maybe they should do something about their western border being the most dangerous place on Earth. Instead, they play a double game with us and the Taliban.

    September 27, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |