Source: USAToday.com
Source: USAToday.com

BY DEANDRE MCDAY, Staff Writer

Ties between America and Pakistan worsened after two-dozen Pakistani troops were killed during a two-hour NATO airstrike Saturday.

According to msnbc.com, unnamed Afghan officials told the Associated Press that Afghan commandos and US Special Forces were conducting a mission on the Afghan side of the border when they received incoming fire from the direction of Pakistani posts. NATO responded with an airstrike, killing 24 Pakistani troops.

The Pakistani military said it was the victim of an unprovoked assault. Moreover, the Pakistani military said it contacted NATO during the assault, asking for a cease-fire. Their pleas were left unanswered, weakening the bond of an already fragile partnership between the U.S. and Pakistan.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Monday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, said he’s seriously starting to re-evaluate Pakistan’s relationship with the United States. After the U.S. raided Pakistan in its hunt for Osama Bin Laden back in 2001, relations with Pakistan were already shaky, to say the least.

Now, with the blood of friendly troops on their hands, rumors are spreading about potential conflict between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Furthermore, there’s added speculation about the U.S. invading Pakistan again in the future. At the moment, no one knows who fired the first shot, and NATO has promised a full investigation into the matter.