US-Pakistani relations severely damaged

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NATO aircraft killed at least two dozen Pakistani troops along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border Monday, straining already tense relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, reported NBC News.

Pakistan responded quickly today, closing its two border crossings into Afghanistan, cutting off the main supply routes for U.S. and NATO forces within hours of the NATO attack, reported Atia Abawi.

"Today at 2:00 a.m., there was an attack on Pakistan," said Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. "An attack on Pakistan's solidarity and independence."

According to NBC News, Pakistani officials are calling the incident a grave infringement of the country's sovereignty, and have moved to cut off critical support to the American led war effort in neighboring Afghanistan.

The Pakistani government ordered the United States to vacate an airbase in northern Pakistan it reportedly uses to launch CIA drone operations.

"We look at it from a strategic standpoint," said NBC News Military Analyst Jack Jacobs. "Why can't we identify Pakistanis across the border and not bomb them. But from the guy on the ground, if someone is trying to kill you, you will try to kill him back."

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