US Airstrike Kills Four Afghan Soldiers in Friendly Fire

Attack destroyed Afghan military outpost

Afghan National Army forces came under fire at an outpost in Logar Province on Tuesday and called in US air support. The US provided this air support by attacking and destroying the outpost, killing four Afghan soldiers and wounding six others.

Provincial police chalked this up as a friendly fire incident, saying the US had mistakenly attacked the outpost. The US said they were “aware” of reports that destroying the outpost full of soldiers may have resulted in casualties.

The Pentagon further said there will be a joint investigation into the attack to “develop a shared understanding of this event.” The US made no mention of regretting the casualties among Afghan forces, nor indeed even admitted this happened.

Incidents of friendly fire in Afghanistan are unfortunately common, with US and Afghanistan forces not necessarily on the same page. The US should clearly know where Afghan military outposts are.

Author: Jason Ditz

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