On May 30, two news organizations, Xinhua and The Nation, published reports claiming that US helicopters had crossed the border from Afghanistan and into Pakistan’s tribal agency, captured five Taliban leaders (according to Xinhua) or Haqqani Network leaders (according to The Nation), and brought them back to Afghanistan. In a Threat Matrix post on the two articles, I noted that the reports were not confirmed and were not picked up beyond the two agencies. On May 31, the Inter Services Public Relations, Pakistan’s military public affairs branch, issued a press release and categorically denied the report of a US incursion:
A spokesman of ISPR has contradicted a news item published in section of press on 31 May 2011 captioned “NATO Forces violated the air space and has carried out an operation in side Pakistan’s territory”. There was no violation by any NATO helicopters in North Waziristan Agency, Spokesman concluded.