January 30th, 2010
10:55 AM ET

Forces mistakenly exchange fire in Afghanistan

As talk emerged about a secret meeting of U.N. and Taliban officials, the battlefield lit up in Afghanistan, with a joint Afghan-international force and Afghan soldiers exchanging fire when both sides mistook the other for enemy combatants.

The violence flared as a widely circulated news report said that senior Taliban commanders met in Dubai earlier this month with Kai Eide, the U.N. special representative for Afghanistan. The meeting reportedly dealt with the prospect of peace talks with the Afghan government.

The United Nations won't comment on the reports, and the Taliban issued a flat denial of what it called "futile and baseless rumors."

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  1. Chico

    Without going over the top about ignorance. Please, try to understand the differences between cultures and areas of the world. The culture in the 'middle east' as you put it, is vastly different than that culture of Afghanistan and Pakistan–I assure you that no one country wants the US to do everything for them–let alone, Afghanistan.
    ...as far as friendly fire?? Well, we do have our own share of "accidents" don"t we?

    February 2, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. annoyance

    Larry, You clearly have your eyes and ears closed to this whole situation. Do you honestly believe they 'make' the united states do this? you really should read between the lines and understand your own countries motives for going into the country in the first place, and the continued occupation when clearly osama is not there.

    February 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry

    You think This Country and the rest would learn by what is going on in the Middle East... Before they try to do the same thing in Afghanistan!!! It's to bad the Government of Afghanistan isn't doing what the Pakistan are doing and doing it self instead of making the United States & the Other Country do it for Them???

    February 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |