The NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani Soldiers Saturday is forcing the U.S. to brace for a spate of terrorist attacks, re-route its supply lines and engage in a public shouting match with Pakistan while it simultaneously holds private talks to salvage the shattered relationship. It remains unclear what happened during the assault but Pakistani officials say a U.S.-Afghan contingent attacked one of its border checkposts unprovoked while U.S. and Afghan officials say gunfire from the direction of the checkpost precipitated the attack. Regardless, tangible consequences of the incident have already unfurled beyond the 15-day eviction notice given to U.S. troops to leave an important air base in Pakistan and the shuttering of the country's borders.
Bracing for terrorist attacks A U.S. military official tells The Daily Beast's Eli Lake that the U.S. military fears that Pakistan may now give terrorists inside the country carte blanche to carry out attacks on U.S. supply lines. "For now, as the trucks and convoys pile up at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the U.S. military is fearing a new round of attacks on its supply routes from the Haqqani network." The official says “We are worried that the S Directorate of the ISI will be told, ‘OK boys game on.’ And then we will see the Haqqani network and other assorted groups step up their attacks."