by GovernmentSecrets.com Staff
In June of 2014, the mainstream media reported the following story:
Five NATO troops and an Afghan soldier were killed in a friendly-fire airstrike in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials and Taliban said on Tuesday.
The NATO—led international military alliance said the soldiers were killed on Monday in the southern part of the country, but did not give details on the nationalities of the deceased soldiers or the exact location of the incident.
Afghan police said that NATO aircraft bombed the soldiers. (Source)
On September 5, 2014, Central Command (CENTCOM) released the following press release regarding the incident, accompanied with a 283 page investigation report, also available below, compliments of The Black Vault internet archive.
The U.S. Central Command recently completed its commander-directed investigation on causes surrounding a fratricide incident which resulted in the death of five U.S. Army soldiers and an Afghan National Army soldier, June 9, 2014, in the vicinity of Arghandab, Afghanistan.
The report cites that communication breakdowns and misunderstandings between ground forces and the B-1B Lancer aircrew providing close air support led to the tragic incident.
The General Court Martial Convening Authority in the service members’ chain of command will be responsible for reviewing recommendations and any command action decisions. The report is being studied to identify areas of improvement to help prevent loss of life and reduce the likelihood of friendly fire incidents in the future.
The redacted report and executive summary is only available to members with a common access card and can be read [below.]