21 August 2008
Did America jets kill ten French soldiers in Afghanistan?
The ten French soldiers who died in Afghanistan may have been killed by the Americans, reports Le Monde. The survivors claim that they waited four hours for air support and when it came the pilots blasted their positions, killing the ten men.
The Americans have a habit of flying high to avoid taking casualties, so have certainly killed more than their fair share of Afghan civilians over the years, but if this report is true then this would be the first time that they have wasted their allies in the same cavalier fashion.
As Alex points out in the comments, the Americans do have previous form when it comes to killing their allies in Iraq, but I think that this is the first time that they may have done it in Afghanistan.