In what became the deadliest NATO friendly-fire incident to this day in Afghanistan, five US SOF soldiers were killed alongside one ANA soldier yesterday in Southern Afghanistan.
In fact, the incident occurred in the Arghandab district, where I did some operations in 2009, while the soldiers were patrolling to secure the environment for the upcoming vote. Provincial Police Chief Ghulam Sakhi Roghlewanai confirmed that the troops were preparing to be airlifted out of the area by a helicopter, but came under RPG and small arms fire from Taliban.
The US SOF immediately called in an airstrike on the Taliban position, but the aircraft dropped the bomb directly on the Americans’ position.
Police Chief Roghlewanai also said that no Taliban casualties were caused by the airstrike, but many were killed during the day’s operation.