July 7th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

Military investigating friendly fire deaths of Afghan soldiers

Military authorities are investigating the friendly fire deaths of five Afghan soldiers Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. 

A NATO patrol in Ghazni province fired on the Afghan soldiers, mistaking them for insurgents, a statement from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. 

"This loss of life is tragic, and we offer condolences to all those who lost loved ones," said Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, ISAF Joint Command spokeswoman. "We work extremely hard to coordinate and synchronize our operations, and we deeply regret the loss of lives from our Afghan partners." 

A team of international and Afghan forces are looking into the incident. 

Two other Afghan soldiers were wounded in the shooting.

Filed under: Daily Developments • Troops
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  1. USMC forever

    This was PAYBACK, from us to you. Your Afgani Traitors kill our troops as an example 3. We will kill at least 6 to get even and there isn't a darn thing you can do about it. It will just happen, like a bad dream.

    July 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Stepho

    "Friendly fire" is an oxymoron.

    July 23, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hope Hughes

    Hi Rhett.....I think my son was hit by the same JDAM. The time line is right, and the number of soldiers. One broke some verterbrae, (sp?) one sustained nerve damage, mine only a concussion. I'm confused how they could drop a bomb on their own.

    Oh yes....that guy you are writing to....a Muslim. Should not be serving in an American Army....conflict of interest???

    July 14, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    It is so easy for us to express our opinions on these sites and if one looks you can understand why we are having so many problems. War has been, and always will be, an ugly business. Friendly fire incidents are nothing new. Look at history, of which we have learned nothing!! Once again we are in a war, as in Viet Nam, where the enemy blends in with "innocent civilians", uses them for cover, kills them if they do not cooperate. These religious zealots, who have perverted the Muslim religion, which has resulted in ALL Muslims to suffer, do not care if they kill men, women, or children. One has to be very clueless if you think the Afgan military does not have these inhuman zealots within their ranks. The bottom line, for me, would be to bring ALL of our military home, ALL over the world, and leave a message to ALL those that want to attack us. IF any attacks are done on American soil there will be NO troops sent! It will be nothing but bombs, bombs, bombs! And I would not stop, or be bothered with other countries borders. If they are in your country then YOU destroy them, or you will be turned into a parking lot!

    July 12, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. naser


    July 10, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      I only wish that someone would tell that to the right-wing thugs in Washington!!!

      July 10, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. naser

    Do NATO soldiers have binoculars or scop on their rifles? Don't they recognize Afghan soldiers military uniform and their ragner truck vehicles?

    July 10, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. George

    And I suppose you're the one who's gonna go to the Taliban and ask them politely to stop, huh? You don't have the guts to step 1 foot in a recruiters office, let alone Afghanistan. So stop your yapping.

    July 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George


    So why were they digging on the side of the road? NATO was perfectly within its rights to engage. IED's are the hugest problem facing the troops.

    July 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • naser

      They were digging the road because their vehicle was stuck there.

      July 10, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lawrence

    Don"t take priisoners, kill them all and let the LORD sort them out, then come on home.

    July 9, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Soldier

    It is quite common for Afghan Army and especially police to attack NATO troops.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. someone who knows

    listen to what im saying it was not freindly fire. the only people who are doing any cover up is the afgan army. yes they were afgan army but they were up to no good. as often they are. trust me. it makes me sad that you people my fellow country man will belive any drivil and turn your back on the people who swore there lives to defend you. if i could give you details about what happoned you would look stupid for your coments. i wish i could but i cant so go on and keep makeing ignorant coments with out the whole story. keep putting down your military.

    July 8, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I know the men that were killed, I spent several months with them training and doing operations with them. The men that I knew were very brave soldiers, representing the finest that the ANA have to offer. They weren't making trouble, just attempting to stifling a messy district in Afghanistan. It is a very sad day in Afghanistan to lose such good soldiers.

      July 12, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope Hughes

      Thank you for your service and shedding some light on "friendly fire." My own son recently had a 500lb JDAM dropped 75 meters from him in Afghanistan and survived with a concussion. He is going back out tomorrow. They said it was "friendly fire", but don't know how it could be. Would love to hear your comments.

      July 14, 2010 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Been there and got the t-shirt oorah

        possibly a JTAC or FAC error?? who knows things get hairy when fast movers are in bound possibly there position was marked or called up in accuratly glad to know he made it away with just a concussion good luck to your family and your son.

        July 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cecile ramirez from philippines...

    i know how hard to accepts the friendly fire that leads to deaths of 5 afghans soldiers..but,we must understand our dear soldiers doing their job..i know the hardship they are going into..maybe the best thing to do is to let us all prayed that the war in afghanistan will soon ends,so there's no life wasting..i am very sorry for my comment,but i salutes all the dedicated soldiers doing their best in protecting the people of afghanistan..

    July 8, 2010 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. naser from afghanistan

    friendly fires and unfriendly results.

    July 8, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. someone who knows

    have some trust in what we do. All you nah sayers out there dont see what we see. white wash? no cover up? no. Do you realy think we dont know who we shoot at? With the rules of engagement so strick? Do you know that we have to be taking acurate fire in order to shoot back. it's not enough that we are getting shoot at but it has to be close. Thank you all you demacratic anti war folk for making this war more difficult and making me way my options about jail while the bullets wiz by. do you think you could do that? do you have the stones? I do it every day. I realy do know about this insident but i can not coment on it. but trust me when i say there are five less bad guys in the world now.

    July 7, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Been there and got the t-shirt oorah

      last i was there u just needed PID...taking accurate fire from anybody at any range was considerd an ok shoot as look as you had PID (positive identification) and that could have been just as simple as i heard a ping off the road and saw a muzzle flash and that was that...wow didnt no roe's were so restrictive now good luck

      July 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Smith in Oregon

    Why even bother? Why even report this is going on. Everyone knows what the outcome is going to be. Yet another US Military and NATO white-wash. Just listed as another legal murder, such a shame, oh my.

    July 7, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Shifty P.

    Thats a terrible display of unorganization. I bet they didnt even care who they were. they just unloaded on frienldys'.
    And yeah Tom i bet it is another cover up.

    July 7, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Tom Posey

    Is this investigation going to yield results or will this just be another NATO cover up???

    July 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Do you realize that the Afghan soldiers have done the same thing multiple times, you don't see any stories about Afghan soldiers being arrested for friendly fire. My friend's cousin's whole platoon was killed by supposadly friendly Afghan soldiers. You unpatriotic americans disgust me, wheres your sense of patriotism?

      July 10, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Been there and got the t-shirt oorah

        an entire platoon and they didnt even attempt to fire back or e and e out of the kill box????? WOW

        July 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |