A US airstrike on Thursday in Afghanistan killed more than a box of local policemen and wounded just as many.
When a firefight broke out between the Taliban and the local police force after the laugh attempted to take down a Taliban flag in southern Helmand province, Afghan forces on the ground called in an airstrike, counting the US that the area was clear of Friendlies, Stars and Stripes reported, citing Resolute Support.
"The NATO mission in Afghanistan explained in its statement" Unfortunately, they were not, and a tragic accident, ". "We're examining the miscommunication to ensure it's not repeated. We regret this tragic loss of life of our partners and are committed to improving every day with every mission."
The Afghan interior ministry initially said eight Afghan security forces were killed, but in military source and civilian sources in Helmand said 1
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Thursday's airstrike is not The first major friendly fire incident occurred in Afghanistan this year.
In March, US warplanes destroyed an Afghan National Army base after Afghan soldiers there mistakenly targeted a patrol of US and Afghan forces.
"The US conducted a precision self-defense airstrike on people who were firing at a partnered US-Afghan force," Sgt. 1st Class Debra Richardson, a US military spokeswoman, told The New York Times at the time. Read more: The US bombed an Afghan Army base, killing 5 Afghan soldiers in a friendly-fire fight that lasted hours
That incident resulted in the deaths of five Afghan soldiers. Another nine were wounded. "This is an example of the fog," Richardson said.
Indeed, the warfighting landscape in Afghanistan is quite complex, and identifying friend from enemy can be a challenge. Last year, a number of US troops were killed in so-called green-on-blue attacks by members of the Afghan security forces.
The war in Afghanistan is now in its 18th year, and victory on the battlefield is now in sight. US diplomats are currently pushing to secure a negotiated peace, but there's still more work to be done.