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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Stephen A. Clark
The U.S. military on Thursday acknowledged serious mistakes in a cross-border operation last month that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and strained ties with the South Asian nation, but said U.S. forces had acted in self-defense.
The two military outposts are located atop a barren ridge, which terrorists would not use as a hideout, he said.
U.S. ground troops operating in the area came under direct, heavy machine-gun fire that they determined was coming from the ridgeline and then called in air support, Gen. Clark told reporters at the Pentagon via teleconference.