07 Aug '18, 12pm

#USMilitary airstrike mistakenly kills #Afghanistan security forces, local officials say

#USMilitary airstrike mistakenly kills #Afghanistan security forces, local officials say

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. airstrike on Tuesday in eastern Logar province mistakenly hit friendly forces and killed several Afghan police officers, local officials said. U.S. officials confirmed an airstrike in the area but not whether friendly forces were hit on Tuesday. Afghan security forces had been battling the Taliban for 10 days in Logar’s Azra district when American airpower was called on, Mohammad Qaseem Sidiqi, a provincial council member, told Stars and Stripes. The police had set up a line of defense to protect the district center, he said. “But sadly, when the foreign forces’ helicopters arrived, their bombs hit them instead of the enemy,” Sidiqi said. The strike killed 12 police officers, according to Abdul Wali Wakeel, another provincial council member from Azra district. Before the strike, another eight policemen and two civilians were killed in clashes wi...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us-airstrike-mistakenly-kill...

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