Five U.S. troops and one Afghan Army soldier died in a possible friendly fire incident in Afghanistan today, two U.S. officials confirm, with Special Operations forces among the victims.
The incident marks one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents since the Afghan mission began in 2001.
The troops were in the Arghandab district of Zabul Province performing a joint operation when they came under enemy fire, officials say.
The U.S. forces called in an airstrike but a miscommunication resulted in the blast striking too close, killing them, officials say.
There’s no word on the number of troops wounded.