Pakistan has reportedly ordered US forces to vacate an alleged drone base in the aftermath of this weekend’s deadly attack on a Pakistan checkpoint, which killed two dozen soldiers. The US has acknowledged that it was probably responsible for the attack, but says it is waiting for the results of an investigation.
The US is suspected of launching many of its drone strikes in the region from the Shamsi Air Base. It’s this base that the US has now been told to leave, with a 15-day period of notice. It’s not clear at this stage whether the US will leave the base, or whether the demand from Pakistan is simply an attempt to force the US to offer a full apology for the incident.
Up to 28 Pakistan soldiers are feared dead following the attack on the checkpoint, which is alleged to have been launched by Afghanistan-based US helicopters operating as part of NATO. Pakistan has demanded a full apology for the incident, but so far it’s not apparent whether the US is willing to offer such an apology.