Pakistan army criticizes US cross-border raid

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistan's military chief says his country's sovereignty will be defended "at all costs" after a raid by U.S. ground troops near the border with Afghanistan.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani says the U.S. raid last week killed innocent civilians and was carried out in violation of agreements between Pakistan and the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan.

Such strikes would only fuel militancy and create mistrust among allies fighting terrorism, Kayani says.

He urged U.S.-led forces to show "strategic patience" and help Pakistan in its fight against terror.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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