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Five American soldiers in Afghanistan have been killed by friendly fire

US servicemen returning home after deployment in Afghanistan
US servicemen returning home after deployment in Afghanistan
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The tragedy of continued hostilities in Afghanistan has continued to unfold. Five American soldiers were killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan on Monday night reported The Telegraph on June 10, 2014. The American troops were said by an unamed U.S. defense official to have been caught in one of their own air strikes.

If this report is confirmed it would turn out to be one of the most serious cases which has involved coalition-on-coalition friendly fire during the nearly 14 years of war in Afghanistan. Ghulam Sakhi Roghlewai, who is a local police chief, has said the troops were returning to their bases after an operation when insurgents ambushed them. The American troops were mistakenly hit by an air strike from their own forces. This incident is presently under investigation. Unfortunately there is the possibility fratricide may have been involved by the Isaf air force.

The international coalition and local police said on Tuesday that five NATO service members were killed in an apparent friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan reports Al Jazeera. A statement from the coalition has stated all five soldiers died on Monday in Zabul province. The coalition shared in a statement thoughts for the families of those who were killed in this tragic incident.

A police source in southern Afghanistan has told Al Jazeera the American service members were killed by friendly fire coming from NATO helicopters. An interpreter and Afghan soldier were also reportedly killed in this incident. These deaths raise the number of NATO soldiers killed thus far this year in Afghanistan to 36. The situation in Afghanistan remains tense today as the Taliban continues to mount waves of fierce attacks against coalition forces. This tragic incident clearly is demoralizing the coalition forces.