A joint Afghan-US contingent has used NATO air support to ‘suppress’ enemy combatants – which turned out to be a misidentified group of government security forces. This is the second such incident in less than a month.
An intense battle erupted while a joint American-Afghan contingent was on patrol mission in Kunduz province on Wednesday. The clash was so fierce that it forced the unit to call in air support to “suppress the onslaught of machine gun fire,” Army Colonel David Butler, a spokesman for US Forces Afghanistan told Task & Purpose.
“This operation was extensively planned and coordinated with US and Afghan security forces to prevent an event like this from occurring,” Butler said, expressing “regret” over the loss of life.