The US has apologised after accidentally killing two Pakistani soldiers while allegedly chasing Taliban fighters. The military voices have been at pains to explain that this was an error, after the Pakistan government objected to the deaths. "The helicopter pilots mistook them for shepherds, or villagers out for a wedding," explained a US Army spokesman. "That's our usual collateral damage. We didn't mean to upset anyone."
US soldiers explained that while bombing around in a helicopter at a hundred and fifty miles an hour they often find it difficult to distinguish between Taliban fighters and shepherds, but that they usually avoid Pakistani soldiers because they have been told where they are. The Pakistan government has accepted that the error was due to a breakdown of communication and has now recovered from the death of the soldiers.