'Friendly fire' kills five US soldiers in Afghanistan

NATO soldiers leave the Afghan National Army facility in Parwan on May 29, 2014A NATO air strike in Afghanistan killed five US soldiers in an apparent “friendly fire” accident during clashes with insurgents, officials said Tuesday, as troops try to ensure security for the presidential election. Local police and the Afghan army said that the US troops, as well as one Afghan soldier, were killed in the restive province of Zabul when air support was unleashed to try to beat back Taliban fighters. Friendly fire incidents have been rare in Afghanistan in recent years, though five Afghan soldiers were killed in a NATO air strike in the eastern province of Logar in March.

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