26 civil­ians, 2 US troops dead af­ter Afghan raid on Tal­iban

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

A joint U.S.-Afghan raid Thurs­day against the Tal­iban in­volv­ing NATO airstrikes left 26 civil­ians, three Afghan troops and two U.S. ser­vice mem­bers dead, Western and lo­cal of­fi­cials said, as in­ves­ti­ga­tors worked to de­ter­mine what went wrong.

NATO and the Pen­tagon de­scribed the Amer­i­cans killed and four U.S. troops wounded as part of “a train, ad­vise and as­sist mis­sion,” rare com­bat ca­su­al­ties for Western forces who handed over the task of se­cur­ing Afghanistan to lo­cal troops in 2013.

Afghan of­fi­cials said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the at­tack and civil­ian ca­su­al­ties, some of which may have been caused by the airstrikes called in to sup­port Afghan and U.S. troops under fire.

The raid tar­geted two se­nior Tal­iban com­man­ders, who were killed in the fight­ing along with 63 other in­sur­gents, Kun­duz po­lice chief Gen. Qasim Jan­gal­bagh said. He said 26 civil­ians, in­clud­ing Tal­iban fight­ers’ fam­i­lies mem­bers, were killed.

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