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Fri May 17, 2019, 10:55 PM

Friendly Fire: US Airstrike Killed at Least 18 Afghan Police in Helmand

US officials are trying to shift the blame to the Afghan military after a Thursday US airstrike on the Helmand Province targeted the 601 highway battalion of Afghan police. The strike killed 18 police, and wounded 11 others.

Friendly fire strikes have been all-too-common in Afghanistan, particularly at points in the war, as now, when US forces are heavily relying on airstrikes, and warplanes are just pounding anything they think looks like a group of combatants.

In this case, officials say the airstrike was called in by Afghan Defense forces, who were engaged in fighting somewhere in the area. The US claimed they asked the Afghan forces that the target was clear of friendly forces, and the Afghan forces failed to do so.

This is part of the recurring problem with airstrikes, that the US makes no more than very superficial efforts to find out what they’re bombing. It is this same reason that not only are friendly fire incidents happening, but that US airstrikes are killing more Afghan civilians in recent months.

https://news.antiwar.com/2019/05/17/friendly-fire-us-airstrike-killed-at-least-17-afghan-police-in-helmand/

The "winning of those hearts and minds" continue, unimpeded...indeed.

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Reply Friendly Fire: US Airstrike Killed at Least 18 Afghan Police in Helmand (Original post)
RCW2014 May 2019 OP
Gunslinger201 May 2019 #1
orson May 2019 #2
Gunslinger201 May 2019 #3
oflguy May 2019 #4
Banshee 3 Actual May 2019 #5
Badsamm May 2019 #6
Banshee 3 Actual May 2019 #7

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 02:59 AM

1. There's a lot to be said for Carpet Bombing

I think it sends a message

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #1)

Sat May 18, 2019, 07:44 AM

2. Hearts and minds, my dude

We had to destroy the village to save it.

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Response to orson (Reply #2)

Sat May 18, 2019, 07:49 AM

3. When you've got em by the Balls

Their Hearts and Minds will follow

If Johnson had let the Generals fight the War it would have been won.

Politicians don't need to try and fight from Washington or Berlin if they want to win

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 08:16 AM

4. What we have here, sir, is a "Failure to Communicate"

A spokesman for the US forces in Afghanistan, Colonel Dave Butler, said the aerial attack took place after Afghan forces requested "precision air support" during a firefight with the Taliban militants near the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, calling the casualties a “tragic accident.”

http://alwaght.com/en/News/154655/US-Airstrike-Kills-18,-Injures-14-Afghan-Police-Officers-in-Helmand

War is Hell

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat May 18, 2019, 02:04 PM

5. Clearly the Morbidly Obese Jason Ditz has no fucking clue...

https://criticalstudies.org/author/ditz/


Aircraft dont circle around shooting up anything on their own

They get directed to a target by a forward air controller or a person on the ground Typically with US Forces you have specially trained JTAC's but an ANP may just have someone who speaks english as a radio operator

IF the person calling in the target gives the wrong coordinates a misdrop can occur it can also be a traitor deliberately calling in wrong coordinates

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun May 19, 2019, 02:23 PM

6. And the Taliban were just gifted a bunch of new recruits

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Response to Badsamm (Reply #6)

Sun May 19, 2019, 02:55 PM

7. Statistically some likely already were

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