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