September 21, 2014
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A senior police official in southern Afghanistan is providing some details of an apparent friendly-fire airstrike that killed five U.S. troops.
The official says U.S. and coalition troops had been taking part in a joint operation yesterday with Afghan forces. Afterward, the troops came under attack from the Taliban, and called in air support.
He says the airstrike killed an Afghan soldier in addition to the five Americans.
A Pentagon spokesman says in a statement that investigators "are looking into the likelihood that friendly fire was the cause."
With just months remaining before U.S. combat troops leave Afghanistan, this was one of the worst friendly-fire incidents involving U.S. and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14-year war.
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