Nathan Hodge And Nathan Hodge The Wall Street Journal Habib Khan Totakhil
Updated June 10, 2014 2:29 p.m. ET
KABUL—Five U.S. troops were killed in an apparent friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan, local and American officials said, in one of the deadliest of such episodes for U.S. forces in nearly 13 years of combat here.
An aide to the governor of southern Zabul province said Tuesday that five coalition troops, their Afghan interpreter and one Afghan National Army soldier were killed mistakenly by a coalition aircraft in the Gaza area of Arghandab District of Zabul province on Monday.
"After an operation, the troops were on the way back to their base when they were ambushed by the Taliban," the governor's aide said. "They called on an airstrike, and the strike mistakenly killed them."
The U.S.-led international coalition in Afghanistan said it was investigating how the troops were killed.
"The casualties occurred during a security operation when their unit came into contact with enemy forces,"
the International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.
"Tragically, there is the possibility that fratricide may have been involved. The incident is under investigation."
Also: Reports of the Iraqi 1st division base have come under Coalition Air Strike friendly fire. It was a small accident, probably due to lack of coodination with Iraqi National ground forces. Unnamed iraqi sources have stated that government forces inadvertantly gave the incorrect ground coordinates.
U.S. fighter pilots initiately thought that these coordinates might have been transmitted in error, however, the bombs were delivered on target as to not dissapoint our Iraqi counterparts.