US says sorry, Pakistan opens Afghan supply lines

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 11:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trucks carrying NATO goods are expected to start rolling across Pakistan's border into Afghanistan on Wednesday — now that the U.S. has apologized to Pakistan for the deaths of 24 Pakistani troops last fall.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke with her Pakistani counterpart on Tuesday. She said she told the official the U.S. was sorry for the losses suffered by Pakistan's military.

In return, Pakistan is reopening the critical NATO supply lines. The agreement could save the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars in war costs.

Last November's incident that claimed the lives of the Pakistani troops was the deadliest involving the allies in the decade-long fight against al-Qaida and other terror groups.

An American investigation found that the Pakistani forces fired first, and that U.S. soldiers responded in self-defense. Pakistan maintained that its troops fired at militants who were nowhere near coalition soldiers, and accused the U.S. of launching a deliberate attack.

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170-c-23-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"refused to apologize"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports the border closure drove the U.S. relationship with Pakistan to new lows. (3 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *170 (07/03/12)>> 00:23 "refused to apologize"

169-v-33-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)--Pakistan has reopened its Afghan border to NATO troop supplies after a seven-month blockade. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. (3 Jul 2012)

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190-c-24-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"the two countries"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports Pakistan closed the supply lines in November after a NATO airstrike killed two dozen Pakistani troops. (3 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *190 (07/03/12)>> 00:24 "the two countries"

192-a-08-(Victoria Nuland, State Department spokeswoman, at news conference)-"sorry for those"-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says both the U.S. and Pakistan are expressing regret for the airstrikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers in November. (3 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *192 (07/03/12)>> 00:08 "sorry for those"

191-a-09-(Victoria Nuland, State Department spokeswoman, at news conference)-"to Pakistani authorities"-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the U.S. was already paying some commercial costs for using the supply routes, and those costs won't go up now. (3 Jul 2012)

<<CUT *191 (07/03/12)>> 00:09 "to Pakistani authorities"

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