At least five Afghan soldiers have been killed and nearly a dozen more wounded in a US airstrike in Afghanistan’s central province of Uruzgan, the Afghan Ministry of Defense says, blaming a “lack of proper coordination” between the sides for the incident.
According to a statement released by the Afghan Defense Ministry on Wednesday, the incident occurred near an Afghan army post on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Tarin Kot, overnight on Tuesday.
The statement said that a joint Afghan and US patrol initially came under fire by what it thought to be a group of Taliban militants. The fire was in fact coming from the Afghan outpost, as the troopers at the post also apparently mistook the patrol for militants.
Not knowing that at first, the patrol called in US precision airstrikes to eliminate the threat. It only later realized the source of the fire but failed to communicate in time, and the airstrikes hit the post anyway,…