Tuesday 19 September 2017

NATO chief 'mad as hell' after clash kills five

Ben Farmer Kabul

TWO Americans and three Afghans have been killed in a confused clash between allied forces as the NATO coalition's commander said the rash of such deaths was making him "mad as hell".

NATO investigators are trying to determine what happened in the firefight, which left an American serviceman and a civilian contractor dead, along with three Afghan soldiers.

The incident again highlighted the badly strained relations between the allied ranks following a spate of killings which has seen more than 50 NATO troops shot dead by their Afghan comrades in 2012 alone.

The weekend deaths, in the Wardak province, came from an exchange of fire, said officials. But the situation was confused by reports of a Taliban attack at the same time. "The incident occurred while (a coalition unit) was manning a temporary checkpoint in an area near an Afghan National Army (ANA) unit," said Lieut-Gen Adrian Bradshaw, the deputy coalition commander.

"After a short conversation between ANA and coalition personnel, firing occurred which resulted in the fatal wounding of a (coalition) soldier and the death of his civilian colleague. In an ensuing exchange of fire, three ANA personnel died." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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