5 US soldiers were killed during a clash in southern Afghanistan with Taliban forces. The authorities are currently investigating whether or not the deaths were caused by friendly-fire. The soldiers were confirmed as being US.
There were not many details released about the incident that took place in Zabul. According to Adghan officials, an airstrike led by the coalition targeted Afghan and international forces by mistake during a battle with Taliban insurgents.
If the news is confirmed, it would mark one of the friendly-fire incidents that were among the deadliest in the 13 years war in Afghanistan.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) declared in a short statement:
“Tragically, there is the possibility that fratricide may have been involved. The incident is under investigation.”
Another incident led to the death of another ISAF member because of a “non-battle injury”. This raises death count to 6, making it the deadliest day for the coalition’s forces since December.
The good news is that coalition deaths are on a decline as various countries are withdrawing military forces and the Afghan soldiers are taking lead in most of the security operations.