Strike misses Taliban, kills 5 Americans

1 Afghan soldier slain, too; ‘friendly fire’ investigated

Posted: June 11, 2014 at 5:57 a.m.

White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest speaks to the media during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Earnest answered questions including on the recent soldier deaths in Afghanistan.

Five American troops with a special-operations unit and at least one Afghan soldier were killed by a U.S. airstrike called in to help them after they were ambushed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, in one of the deadliest friendly-fire episodes in nearly 14 years of war, Afghan and U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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