Afghan Soldiers Killed in US Air Strikes

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At least five Afghan soldiers were killed and 10 injured in air strikes conducted by U.S. forces in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan on Wednesday, Afghan officials said, in an apparent case of friendly fire.

The Defence Ministry said in a statement giving the casualty numbers the Afghan soldiers had been patrolling a checkpoint.

“This attack was caused due to lack of proper coordination,” a ministry official told Reuters.

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Kabul said the United States conducted precision self-defense air strikes on people firing on Afghan and American forces who were conducting a ground movement near an Afghan army checkpoint.

It did not confirm or deny the air strikes caused casualties.

“The strikes were conducted after Afghan and U.S. forces came under effective small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire and (they) requested air support in self-defense,” said Debra Richardson, a mission spokeswoman.

“It was in the fog of war,” she said.

About 17,000 foreign troops were based in Afghanistan in March as part of a U.S.-led NATO mission to train, assist and advise Afghan forces. Some U.S. forces carry out counter-terrorism operations with Afghan forces battling the Taliban, which was ousted from power in 2001.

A member of the provincial council in Uruzgan, Mohammad Zaher Khan Naderi said seven members of the Afghan army were killed and 10 were injured in the bombing.

(Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi and Rupam Jain; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Morte206
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It sucks but it’s also war. Move on.

Rocky Drummond
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Tell that to the victims’ families. 🙁

banstan
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I’ll be glad to, roc. People die during wars. When you are pinned down and need air support, results aren’t always perfect. PERIOD.

Rocky Drummond
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I am sure you would.

banstan
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You seem to have a problem that I’m not a sniveler like you. Just to help you out, roc, here is the definition of snivel that I am using here, “weak, whining, or pretended weeping.” Concentrate on the “pretended weeping” part. Or, you can concentrate on the whole thing, it pretty much fits.

Rocky Drummond
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How much sniveling would you be doing if it was someone in your family that got blown to smithereens?

banstan
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I’ve lost a brother, an uncle and a nephew to war. I’m gonna let your comment go, rockhead, because everyone here knows that you don’t give a damn about those soldiers or their families. YOU are all about the “pretended weeping” so you can politicize their deaths. It really must suck to be you.

Rocky Drummond
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Were they taken out by friendly fire?

banstan
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Are you effin serious? Just what does HOW they were killed matter? Just what are you trying to say with your comment? Are you saying that there are different levels of grief you feel depending on HOW you lost your loved ones during a war? Are you really THAT obtuse? You are just PRETENDING to care about these soldiers and their families just so you can politicize their deaths and further your agenda. You are the WORST kind of person there is, dk.

Rocky Drummond
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My point, which you two admirably proved, was just how callous your comments were when the victims meant nothing to you.

banstan
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Too bad you didn’t make any point and our comments didn’t prove any point for you. Too bad you are so blind to your own callous comments, which prove Chad’s comment “the common trait among leftists is that they have no self awareness of their hypocrisy….as obvious as it is to the rest of us ‘normal folk’.” your comments also prove you are a perfect example of D-K.

banstan
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What part about the “pretended weeping” do you think DOESN’T apply to YOUR comments? Explain how pretending to care is NOT callous.

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