Two NATO-ISAF helicopters have killed several fighters on Pakistani soil after a pursuit across the border from Afghanistan, NATO forces said on Sunday 09/26/2010.

The death toll could as high as 30, the Reuters news agency reported, citing NATO officials. The two Apache attack helicopters from the NATO-ISAF crossed the border from eastern Afghanistan on Friday 09/24/2010, after the fighters attacked a remote Afghan security outpost in Khost province.

Sergeant Matt Summers, an ISAF spokesman, confirmed on Sunday that the helicopters had crossed into Pakistan in pursuit of fighters.

He did not say which countries’ forces were involved, but the United States is the only coalition member that uses Apaches. Manned military flights, unlike UAV attacks, across the border are extremely rare.

Despite the presence of almost 150,000 foreign troops, violence is at its worst across Afghanistan since US-backed Afghan forces ousted the Taliban in late 2001.

The Taliban movement has spread out of traditional strongholds in the south and east into once relatively stable areas in the north and west.

Apart from the Afghan Taliban, the Jalaluddin Haqqani’s network also operates extensively in Afghanistan’s east and has launched a series of bold attacks against foreign forces and Afghan government targets in the past year..
The USA ambassador in Pakistan officially apologized, on Wednesday 10/06/2010, for violating the sovereignty of Pakistan and killing unintentionally 3 Pakistani border guard soldiers.
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