Miscommunication Added to Border Incident

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U.S. forces acted in self-defense and responded with appropriate force after being fired upon during a Nov. 25-26 incident on Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan, according to findings from a Defense Department investigation released, Dec. 22, 2011.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

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  • U.S. Army Capt. James Nelson, left, and Hader, his interpreter, speak with elders in the Shorbak Desert in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Dec. 9, 2011. Nelson is a civil affairs officer assigned to 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry. Soldiers are visiting the residents to gain a better understanding of the area. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Phil Kernisan
  • An Afghan National Army soldier guards the perimeter during a tactical compound assessment in Azan village in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Dec. 16, 2011. The commandos and coalition forces conducted missions in the region to disrupt insurgent activity and provide security and stability to the local populace. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery Tilghman Williams
  • U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. James Hernandez uses an electric saw to dismantle a HESCO barrier on Firebase Saenz in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Dec. 13, 2011. Hernandez is a combat engineer assigned to Alpha Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion. The firebase is the first of several patrol bases being demilitarized by the Marines. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard
  • U.S. soldiers prepare for a post-deployment inspection of their weapons on Camp Virginia, Kuwait, Dec. 11, 2011. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division and before leaving Kuwait, their gear must be cleared .
  U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette Hoke
  • The USS Abraham Lincoln transits the Pacific Ocean during a deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility, Dec. 16, 2011. U.S. sailors and Marines assigned to the USS Abraham Lincoln, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Makin Island performed several operations between Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, 2011, while under way in the Pacific Ocean.  U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Zachary S. Welch
  • U.S. Navy SEALs jump from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter during training near Fort Pickett, Va., Dec. 20, 2011. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Meranda Keller
  • Family, friends and volunteers from Operation Welcome Home Maryland greet more than 300 service members returning from overseas deployments arriving at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Dec. 19, 2011.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Danals

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