AP sources: Fatal raid likely case of mistaken ID

November 28, 2011 - 5:25 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials believe a case of mistaken identity may have led to the deadliest case of friendly fire with Pakistan since the Afghanistan war began.

The Associated Press has learned details of the raid, which began when a joint U.S.-Afghan special operations team was attacked by militants in Afghanistan.

They called for air strikes, which killed up to 25 Pakistani soldiers at a border post inside Pakistan.

According to U.S. military records, the joint U.S.-Afghan patrol checked with Pakistani before returning fire. Officials described the records on condition of anonymity to discuss classified matters.

Hunting the escaped militants two hours later, the U.S. commander spotted what he thought was a militant encampment, and called for the deadly air strikes. That encampment was apparently the Pakistani base.