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Pakistan tied to deadly 2007 ambush on U.S. officers, Afghan officials

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Maj. Larry J. Bauguess (Defense Department)

In May 2007, Pakistani government troops and intelligence officers opened fire on a group of American military officers and Afghan officials they had been meeting with to discuss a border dispute, killing one U.S. officer, Maj. Larry J. Bauguess, and wounding three others. Then American and Pakistani officials hushed up the incident, the New York Times' Carlotta Gall reports, in a detailed reconstruction of the May 14, 2007, ambush at Teri Mangal, in northwest Pakistan:

"The border meeting was called, and a small group of Americans and Afghans — 12 men in total — flew by helicopters to Teri Mangal, just inside Pakistan, to try to resolve the [border post] dispute," Gall writes. A five-hour meeting between the Americans, Afghans and Paksitani officials ensued.

"Then, just as the American and Afghan officials were climbing into vehicles provided to take them the short distance to a helicopter landing zone, a Pakistani soldier opened fire with an automatic rifle, pumping multiple rounds from just 5 or 10 yards away into an American officer, Maj. Larry J. Bauguess Jr., killing him almost instantly," Gall reports. Bauguess, 36, with the 82nd Airborne Division, was married and father of two young daughters.

Three other American military officers and their Afghan translator were wounded in the three-way assault by their Pakistani hosts.

The May 14, 2007 attack in Teri Mangal was subsequently "kept quiet by Washington, which for much of a decade has seemed to play down or ignore signals that Pakistan would pursue its own interests, or even sometimes behave as an enemy," Gall writes.

Such discretion has increasingly gone by the wayside, however. Top American officials--most notably outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen--have recently stepped up public accusations of Pakistani collaboration with the insurgents attacking American personnel and facilities in Afghanistan, including the militants who carried out attacks this month on the American embassy in Kabul and NATO's Afghan headquarters that wounded 77 people.

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