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The US accidentally killed more than a dozen Afghan policemen in an airstrike after a 'miscommunication'

Published: May 18, 2019
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A US airstrike conducted Thursday in Afghanistan killed more than a dozen local policemen and wounded just as many.

When a firefight broke out between the Taliban and the local police force after the latter attempted to take down a Taliban flag in southern Helmand province, Afghan forces on the ground called in an airstrike, telling the US that the area was clear of friendlies, Stars and Stripes reported, citing Resolute Support.

Unfortunately, they were not, and a tragic accident resulted," the NATO mission in Afghanistan explained in its statement. "We're examining the miscommunication to ensure it is not repeated. We regret this tragic loss of life of our partners and are committed to improvement every day with every mission."

The Afghan interior ministry initially said eight members of the Afghan security force were killed, but a military source and civilian sources in Helmand said 17 policemen were killed in the attack, according to Stars and Stripes. Another 14 policemen were injured in the strike.

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