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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.

Update, 1.50pm:

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.



No no no!

The Americans have killed many an ally on the ground. This was a regular occurance in the first and second gulf conflict.

Infact, I believe that I have read that more UK service men were hit by friendly fire (read US ammo) than by enemy fire. (needs verification)

21 August 2008 at 14:05  

Isn't it called the cost of business? I would be interest Alex if you find sources to cite on that.

21 August 2008 at 19:08  

Ouch! Yes, you are right, Alex, as quite a few British soldiers were killed in the First Oil War by the USA.

I should have made it clear that I was just referring to Afghanistan. I will make a change to the posting.

21 August 2008 at 19:49  

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