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Ghani orders probe, US forces regret ANA losses

Ghani orders probe, US forces regret ANA losses

Jul 20, 2015 - 21:09

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday appointed a delegation to investigate an airstrike involving two US helicopters that bombed an Afghan National Army outpost in central Logar province, killing at least fight soldiers and wounding six others.

Officials in Logar said the helicopters targeted the ANA checkpoint in the Baraki Barak district’s Chaltan area at about 6am.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ghani expressed his deep concern over the incident and appointed a delegation to investigate the airstrike.

Ghani insisted foreign troops should exercise utmost care during their operations to avoid harming Afghan forces and civilians.

The president extended his condolences to families of the slain soldiers and prayed for early recovery of those wounded in the incident.

Meanwhile, US forces confirmed their involvement in the incident that resulted in the death of seven and injury of five Afghan National Army soldiers.

In a statement, the coalition said that on behalf of General Campbell, the NATOinfo-icon and US forces commander in Afghanistaninfo-icon “we deeply regret the loss of Afghan National Army soldiers in this incident.”

“We offer our deepest condolences to those impacted by this tragic incident and pray for the quick recovery of those injured.”

The statement quoted Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications that the US forces had initiated an investigation of the incident.

“Alongside our Afghan partners, we will complete a joint investigation in a transparent, timely and thorough manner and will release further details regarding this incident as they become available.”

“United States Forces-Afghanistan remains committed to assisting our Afghan partners in achieving sustainable security.”


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