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Five US soldiers killed in Afghanistan in possible friendly fire incident
foxnews.com ^ | June 10, 2014

Posted on 06/10/2014 4:49:20 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012

Five U.S. soldiers were killed in a possible friendly fire incident in southern Afghanistan on Monday, Defense Department officials say.

A senior U.S. defense official told Fox News early Tuesday that the troops were killed when they requested air support from a B-1 bomber after coming in contact with enemy forces.

Earlier Tuesday, a statement from NATO confirmed the soldiers' deaths, but did not give further details on their nationalities. Coalition policy is for home countries to identify their military dead.

"The casualties occurred during a security operation when their unit came into contact with enemy forces," the statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force read. "Tragically, there is the possibility that fratricide may have been involved. The incident is under investigation. Our thoughts are with the families of those killed during this difficult time."

If confirmed, it would be one of the most serious cases involving coalition on coalition friendly fire during the nearly 14-year Afghan war. One of the worst came in April 2002 when four Canadian soldiers were killed when an American F-16 dropped a bomb on them near a night firing exercise in the southern Kandahar.

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1 posted on 06/10/2014 4:49:20 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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I didn’t realize B-1 bombers dispatched from continental US were used for close support??


2 posted on 06/10/2014 4:53:46 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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I didn’t see this on Drudge or FR. Seems like a big story to me. I happened on it on the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel site and searched it and found it on several others sites. Don’t people care what is happening there?


3 posted on 06/10/2014 4:55:46 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

It was reported on Fox and Friends a short while ago.


4 posted on 06/10/2014 4:59:38 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Yes, it is on Drudge and everywhere else. It’s only a few hours old.

Not sure what can be done about ‘friendly fire’ tragedies.


5 posted on 06/10/2014 4:59:54 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: ilovesarah2012

Bergdahl’s unit? Silencing the remainder of eye witnesses to his desertion?


6 posted on 06/10/2014 4:59:58 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: ilovesarah2012
A B-1 bomber? I thought I heard it was an Afghanistan plane on this TV news this morning.
7 posted on 06/10/2014 5:03:15 AM PDT by McGruff (I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.)
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I looked at Drudge early this morning and didn’t see it. Haven’t been back. Fox just reported it. I guess it is getting out now.

What a horrible story. So sad.


8 posted on 06/10/2014 5:05:38 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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More Blue Force Tracking is required for every frindly to prevent these tragedies.


9 posted on 06/10/2014 5:10:10 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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Blue Force Tracking 2

https://www.viasat.com/government-communications/blue-force-tracking

Blue Force Tracking
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDdZGiy8Luw&list=UUScm2m51dUiXte0s9mljl3g&index=2&feature=plcp


10 posted on 06/10/2014 5:15:27 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Either their embedded TACP screwed the pooch on the coordinates, or the guidance package on the smart bomb(s) malfunctioned.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 5:36:04 AM PDT by afsnco
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With GPS guided munitions, almost any aircraft can do CAS. B-52s have dropped one/two bombs at a time on coordinates called in by ground troops for CAS.

Errors of not including the offset from friendly forces seem to be a real problem, with the AC getting the friendly forces coordinates instead of the coordinates of the real target.

/johnny

12 posted on 06/10/2014 5:38:34 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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Errors of not including the offset from friendly forces seem to be a real problem, with the AC getting the friendly forces coordinates instead of the coordinates of the real target.

Need more FACs. One per company or Bn ain't cuttin' it.

13 posted on 06/10/2014 5:59:39 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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...or both.


14 posted on 06/10/2014 6:02:46 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Prayers up for these brave fighting men and their families.


15 posted on 06/10/2014 6:56:30 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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Obamas's fault
16 posted on 06/10/2014 7:11:09 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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