Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Neighborhoods
  3. Community Issues

‘Friendly fire’ airstrike kills 5 U.S. Special Forces Soldiers in Afghanistan

See also

United States military investigators are digging deep into Monday night’s deadly airstrike that killed five specially-trained U.S. warfighters and at least one Afghan troop in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.

Afghan and U.S. troops were conducting security operations in advance of Saturday’s presidential run-off elections when they were ambushed by resurgent Taliban fighters.

Things went horribly wrong for ground forces after troops called for close-in air support.

The “coalition” bomber unleashed a deadly barrage of ordnance from the air that left a string of fatalities and injuries below. Unofficially, it’s being called a “friendly fire” incident.

NBC reports the aircraft was a B1 “stealth bomber” which has to be inaccurate. There is an enormous difference between a B1 bomber and a B2 "stealth bomber." Military authorities will release more accurate information on the aircraft and the cause of the mis-communication as the investigation progresses.

Outside-the-wire missions in Afghanistan are drawing down as the U.S. prepares to remove all combat forces by the end of 2014.

According to the Department of Defense joint operations with Afghan forces are now only conducted with Special Ops troops.

The National Military Examiner publishes military and law enforcement-related content on this site and here on Facebook. “Like” the page for additional news from around the globe.

Please email me at if you find errors with content information or spelling. Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting the troops.



  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Using metalic paint
    Metallic paint can be used to refinish furniture or to create the illusion of a larger space
    5 Photos
  • Gardening
    Have you ever started a garden and found a lone tomato straggler in with the strawberries?
    7 Photos
  • Adopt a shelter cat
    Ten great reasons to adopt a shelter cat: Just ask Willie Nelson's family
    9 Photos
  • Chikungunya virus
    Health news: Chikungunya virus has hit a man in Florida
    5 Photos
  • Oaks Spa
    Just keep moving is theme at Oaks at Ojai, California’s primo budget spa
    6 Photos