Friendly fire kills 5 U.S. troops, Afghan officer in Afghanistan

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – U.S. and Afghan forces fighting Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan on Monday were mistakenly bombed by air support intended to beat back enemy fighters killing five Americans and an Afghan, according to the Pentagon.

An investigation was launched to determine if friendly fire killed the Americans and Afghan in Arghandab district of Zabul province, said Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby in Washington.

Mohsin Khan, spokesman for the Afghan army’s 205 division, said one Afghan soldier was also wounded in the wrong airstrike.

It was the latest deadliest day for U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the latest fratricide involving NATO troops in the country.

On Dec. 17, six American soldiers were killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed after getting hit by insurgents, according to iCasualties.org, a site that tracks troop casualties in Afghanistan.

In April 2010, German troops accidentally killed six Afghan soldiers traveling to the scene of a clash with the Taliban in northern Afghanistan.

In 2002, four Canadian soldiers were killed and eight others were injured when an American F-16 pilot mistakenly dropped a bomb on a training range near the southern city of Kandahar.

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