U.S. Forces Destroy Roadside Afghan Army Base In ‘Self-Defense’ Airstrikes

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 555th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Benjamin Gonsier)

CNN: US forces kill five Afghan soldiers in ‘self-defense’ airstrikes

US forces launched two “self-defense” airstrikes near an Afghan National Army check point in the Uruzgan province on Wednesday, according to a coalition spokesman.

The Afghan government issued a statement saying that five Afghan soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded in the strikes — numbers the coalition is also accepting, an official told CNN.

US and coalition officials told CNN that the strikes were launched Wednesday morning local time after a US-Afghan convoy came under fire from friendly forces positioned near the check point. No US forces were killed during the incident.

“The US launched a precision airstrike near an Afghan National Army check point on Wednesday after Afghan and US forces came under fire and requested air support,” according to Lt. Ubon Mendie, a spokesman for the US forces based in Afghanistan.

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More News On U.S. Forces Launching Airstrikes In Self Defense Against Afghan Soldiers

Afghans Report Firefight Involving US Troops — Military.com/AP
Friendly fire between Afghan, American forces leaves five dead — Stars and Stripes
US airstrikes wipe out Afghan Army base, say officials — Indian Express/New York Times

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