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5 U.S. troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 10, 2014 at 10:23 a.m.

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An Afghan police officer stands guard during a campaign rally in the Paghman district of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, June 9, 2014. The second round of Afghanistan's presidential election will take place on June 14, 2014.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Five Americans troops were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in one of the worst friendly fire incidents involving United States and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14-year war.

The U.S.-led international coalition said the servicemen were killed in an apparent friendly fire incident, which an Afghan official said was an airstrike in southern Zabul province. A statement said all five soldiers died Monday but did not give further details on the attack.

"Five American troops were killed yesterday during a security operation in southern Afghanistan. Investigators are looking into the likelihood that friendly fire was the cause. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these fallen," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

If confirmed, it would be one of the most serious cases involving coalition-on-coalition friendly fire during the war.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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