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Pakistan fires on U.S. helicopters

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Pakistan's armed forces fired on US helicopters on Sunday, the latest incident in a growing standoff between Washington, frustrated with Pakistan's counterterrorism efforts, and a newly minted Pakistani president who has resisted yielding to American pressure.

Last week Pakistan's military reiterated its intention to stop US incursions on Pakistani soil, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported.

 
Pakistan's military said today [Sept. 16] its forces had received orders to fire on US troops if they entered Pakistani territory, after a cross-border raid inflamed public opinion.

On Sunday it seems they held to their word, with government officials claiming Pakistani troops had fired on two US helicopters, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

 
The incident happened late on Sunday near Lwara Mundi village in the North Waziristan district, where Pakistani forces have been battling Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, they said.
 
"Pakistani forces fired at two US gunships which violated Pakistan's airspace and forced them to return to Afghanistan," a local security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
 
"The helicopters flew back after our troops fired shots at them," the official said.
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