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US Vacates Pakistani Air Base Following Deadly NATO Airstrike

The Pakistani Military(ISLAMABAD) -- U.S. forces vacated an air base inside Pakistan on Sunday -- the deadline imposed by Pakistan as part of the country’s angry response to a NATO airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

The Pakistani Army issued a statement on Sunday saying, “Last flight carrying leftover U.S. personnel and equipment departed Shamsi Base today and the base has been complete vacated.  The control of the base has been taken over by the army.”

Pakistan had ordered the U.S. to vacate Shamsi, which had been used by American forces, including the CIA, to launch unmanned drone attacks against the Taliban and terrorist militants hiding along the Pakistan-Afghan border.

Pakistan’s response to the deadly NATO airstrike also included the closing of a major route inside Pakistan that had been used to deliver vital supplies to NATO forces inside Afghanistan.

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