Pakistan bans NATO supply convoys after troop deaths
September 30th, 2010
11:34 AM ET

Pakistan bans NATO supply convoys after troop deaths

Pakistan has banned NATO supply convoys from entering Afghanistan after fighting between NATO troops and militants led to the killing of three Pakistani soldiers, according to a military official from the NATO-led command in Afghanistan.

The troops were killed when three NATO helicopters crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistani airspace early Thursday and attacked a military outpost, Pakistani security officials said. Three troops were wounded as well, the officials said.

Supply convoys are all-important for the Afghan war effort, and officials from NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were trying to persuade Pakistan to lift the ban. Coalition forces rely heavily on convoys from Pakistan to bring in supplies and gear.

ISAF said in a statement Thursday that its forces saw what they thought were insurgents trying to fire mortars at a coalition base in the Dand Patan District of Afghanistan's Paktiya province, near the Pakistani border.

An air weapons team targeted the suspected insurgents' firing position, located inside Afghanistan along the border area, and the aircraft entered Pakistani airspace briefly "as they engaged this initial target," the ISAF statement said.

After this strike, the "aircraft received what the crews assessed as effective small arms fire from individuals just across the border in Pakistan" and the ISAF aircraft, operating in self-defense, entered into Pakistani airspace and killed "several armed individuals."

Later, Pakistani military officials told ISAF that coalition aircraft struck its border forces.

"ISAF and Pakistani forces are reviewing the operational reporting to verify the exact location of the two engagements and the facts in this case, and we will work together to fully investigate this incident.

"Both sides have in mind that it is the insurgents, operating on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and violating the territorial sovereignty of both countries, that we are focused on fighting," the ISAF statement said.

ISAF issued "sincere condolences to the Pakistani military and the families of those who were killed or injured."

Three Pakistani security officials said the helicopters attacked the Mandato Kandaho outpost, which is 5 km (about 3 miles) inside Pakistani territory. The area targeted lies in the Kurram Agency, one of seven districts in the Pakistani tribal region.

The dead Pakistani soldiers are members of the Frontier Corps, according to the officials.

A senior administration official in the tribal region's Khyber Agency told CNN Thursday that Pakistan had temporarily stopped NATO supplies from entering Afghanistan in the area of Takhta Baig, which is located about 45 km (28 miles) from the border with Afghanistan.

The official asked to not be named because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. dindy Sri lanka

    WELL WRITTEN STEVE

    October 1, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Larry

    War is hell, these things happen. We have had friendly fire incidents ourselves. We have given so much money to Pakistan that they should shutup and quit pulling stupid crap like this. Maybe if Pakistan would have let Nato forces go after Bin Laden when he first went into the mountains in Pakistan 6, 7 years ago this would all be over now. If Pakistan wants to keep "taking thier ball and going home" then I say no more freakin money for that country let them fend for themselves.

    October 1, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
    • optimist

      Well done Pakistan! that's the only way to teach lesson, BECAUSE they are now careless of the wordly protest, now they can understand better

      October 1, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. rick

    Pakistan troops fire on US helicopters (for fun/wanna be taliban?) and 3 die. Tuff.

    October 1, 2010 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Coach Lew

    That is really nice that Pakistan is doing this. Didn't we just send billions of dollars over to them? This blockade is stupid. Give the Pakistanies a weeks notice and then NUKE them. That will stop a lot of the terrorists acts. Lets be the bad guys for a change.

    October 1, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jester

    Barbra Star , do they pay you to spread wrong information at CNN?

    "fighting between NATO troops and militants led to the killing of three Pakistani soldiers"

    what is this? militants and NATO fighting and the casualty are Paksitani soldiers, who are you trying to fool here? Well its about time Pakistan did something, the thing is US/NATO have wasted time, money and effort and now they need an excuse or a consolation prize and they will do anythign stupid for that.

    October 1, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Roland

    There is no actual effective border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    The people living north and south of the Afghan border are the same Pasthun tribes they move across the borders.
    The Durand line which makes up the border was drawn up in a British colonial office and has no relation to the reality on the ground.The Pakistani's know this, the question is if they claim sovereignty of this area then why have they never in the history of Pakistan exercised it over these areas? Fact is they never controlled this territory to begin with.
    The area north and south of the Durand line can best be described as Pashtunistan.

    September 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      OH REALLY?THEN WHY THEY DIDN'T DO IT?

      October 1, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. bhu_kh

    now pakis are getting chinese support thus they feel they can stand against USA.may be, this all episode this chinese game plan against USA

    September 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alexander

    Pakistan is leading a double faced game they play into the west for money & aid and in clandestine support the Taliban & other islamic sects. The only way to stop the cancer is to fight is to get to the roots that is corrupted Pakistan itself, it wouid need a mammoth task the only solution to stop this country from sheltering & breeding more destruction, requires the ulimate weapon to stop the spreading from this evil place.

    September 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Alexander..as far as I see on television here..with terrorists attack..many innocent people died in Pakistan also as they started helping USA. I wish OBL will get caught soon if he is alive. So Afghanistan and Pakistan also be in peace.

      October 1, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      what are you talking ?this war is after terrorists .Not after your Religion.

      October 1, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      India Rocks!

      October 4, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. carterti

    It's amazing how many people remain uneducated about history, globalization, and diversity. I love my country my family has bled and sweated in the armed forces. People tend to forget how many illegal immigrants flood into America yearly but we have a much superrior infrastructure than Pakistan. Yet, we continue to ridicule Pakistan for not controlling there borders. Most areas are like America and Mexicos boarder but we can build more power lines than the Pakistani Government. Pakistan doesn't have the military forces that we do, so they have to make due with what they have. They allowed our supply convoys to roll through their country. Now would we allow the Mexican Air Force to cross into our boarder in order to chase the cartel. NO! We would use our forces and deny them entry. Now what if that Mexican Air Force crossed into our border anyways and began shooting at the cartel and our forces in America. How would America react to that? People speculate that Pakistani forces were helping the insurgents but were these people on that ground. How do they not know the forces weren't shooting at the insurgents. The area is vast and Pakistani infantry mans weapon isn't the same as ours, so there bullets don't have as much range. Plus a helicopters weapon would be superrior to an infantry mans weapon. This is a tragic incident for the families involved and relations between our nations. Now people can ridicule Pakistan for having terriost in their country. Our ally Israel continues to harbor and gave amnesty to terriost organizations like the Lehi, Kach, Kahane Chai, among others.

    September 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moderate Muslim

      Thank you.

      October 1, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Shahji

      Thank You, our bullets have sufficient range in fact better than an average American rifle M-16 vs. German G-3 by Heckler and Koch which the Pakistani military manufactures in Pakistan under license. But thank you for highlighting the vast difference in each nations budget, despite which Pakistan is doing a fantastic job when compared to the Americans patrolling their own Southern US border which is overflowing with illegal's. The Pakistani soldiers were within their right to fire warning shots as the NATO/US helicopters were entering Pak airspace illegally, instead of going back, they acted arrogantly and killed the 3 men guarding the checkpot who were in fact indirectly supporting the US forces in Afghanistan by keeping an eye on the Taliban, now thats disgraceful.

      October 4, 2010 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. Harry

    I thought Pakistani forces and terrorist are same

    September 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Harry I dont think so. Pakistan Army and police saved our cricket team from terrorists.

      October 1, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      Not Opium ,dude, just great medicinal POT.

      October 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John

    When Nato followed the terrorists into Pakistan, why did Pakistan not pursue the terrorist...Are the Paki outposts a lookout posting for Paki army?

    September 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Who told you to hijack my name? I'm quite surprised about this since Pakistan has been and paid for by the US national treasury but I hope the blockade continues but I'm afraid that it won't!!!

      September 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    And for your kind information I am a american by birth. My heart n soul is american and always support america in good or bad whatever religion I belong to. Not like you guys who eat american food, live on the mercy of america and try to cut the hands who gave you food.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Great, post, Steve!

      September 30, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        I didn't post that Steve and I do not support this obnoxious like you do.Furthermore,I know that America will survive without Afghanistan like it did without Vietnam.

        September 30, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        I t was a great post, quit stealing my id

        September 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      *.....yawn

      October 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave H

    We need to just take over Pakistan and hand Kashmir to the Indians. Muslims in any country will never become our true allies, so why bother spending money trying to buy their good will? They're all stuck in the 7th century, the only logic they understand is the sharp end of a spear.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Dave, we dont need that people. We cant live with them. Let the god clean it up and the people's mind in pakistan, the most disgraced land on earth.

      September 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    Just the news is up that It is Pakistan (Taliban's) inside job killing its own troops so that it can do this blockade and get attention and support from UN. Lets not believe these pakis this time and let the world know about pak's double game.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      True, Pak is always playing a double game. They can never be our/anyone's friends. Now its the time to teach them a lesson.

      September 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • 786

        You can never teach a lesson to Pakistan maybe your forgetting Pakistani is holding American Troops from there tail. Let me clear you one thing, All the supplies are sent through Pakistan, if Pakistan stop the supply for 7 days your troops die of hunger. Read the history Russia was just cross border with Afghanistan in the soviet union war Pakistan broke the soviet union. And America is way too far to teach Pakistan a lesson. and Pakistan is always a world leader in double game. I hope we don't want any war so watch before you say something teaching lesson will damage you more than Pakistan, just peace the best option is for usa to bring back troops

        September 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • muslim

        hey boy teach us a lesson today, why you waiting? we are not your friends, so now teach that lesson ok?

        September 30, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Richard

        I wouldn't recommend grabbing a tiger by the tail. . . . .

        The moderates in Pakistan are more under threat from the radical islamists there than our U.S. troops are.

        October 1, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
      • king kong

        When did the eagle became tiger? just imagine what will happen if the supplies are banned for another month... ok as you said tiger,,But we all are well aware tiger needs food able to survive and fight.... might be hard your tiger will die of hunger in Afghanistan... poor tiger... the tiger needs nato supplies able to act as a tiger... good luck tiger without supplies

        October 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        PAkistan lost every single war it started with India and it wishes it could defeat the Russian empire, yet it tries to take credit from Afghans because Pakis have a good propaganda machine...Afghan Pashtuns have a record of beating empires like Pakistan and Soviets.

        October 2, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        Hey,I'm the real Jerry here and I never made that stupid comment above.It's true, however, that the Afghans did manage to fight the Russians to a draw and beat the British the same way they're trying defeat NATO now.I wish them luck as that's the only way that we'll ever get out of there as we did in Vietnam.We must never elect these unscrupulous poiticians who get us into these obnoxious wars in the first place!!!

        October 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. john

    so explain to me why we help their people when their 16th century world floods and they're drowning. either they 'man' up and start fighting terrorists for real or start building canoes.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      Good Idea, lets drop canoes from 30,000 feet into pakistan, fill them up with coconuts first so we can get some food to them all in one shot.

      October 1, 2010 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  16. bailoutsos

    American soldiers killing for sport. American soldiers killing each other. American soldiers committing suicide. I think it is time to bring them all home.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Thank you,bailoutsos.That is an extremely sensible comment you just made here.

      September 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • bailoutsos

        Who asked for your opinion whatever i have read in your posts here have made no sense at all.

        September 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      I think it's time to untie thier hands and let them do thier jobs the right way- quickly and decisively, let the middle east dogs rebuild on thier own.

      October 1, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  17. Onesmallvoice

    What a pleasant surprise that this blockade could take place at all.I just wish that they continue it indefinately but like that's ever going to happen!!!

    September 30, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  18. bailoutsos

    Breaking news - 'Opium production down in Afghanistan, U.N. says"

    September 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • sameer ashraf

      Now Afghans President need to find another job.

      October 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      There he goes again. Dude, cut & paste headlines on your own blog. We all know how to read here.

      October 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JESUS CHRIST

      Opimum production under the Taliban was almost down to zero, when the US invaded it skyrocketed to record numbers, I guess the supply is down now as the US soldiers are in on the take now and enjoying some good afghani hashish.

      October 4, 2010 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
      • The Prophet Mohammed

        Jesus Christ, we found another Retard; Opium and Hashish are not the same thing and Opium production has not been down that low EVER. The Taliban take a cut of all Opium production to finance thier war, pull your head out of your @ss.

        October 5, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |