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General News    H3'ed 7/23/17

Botched US Drone Strike Kills 15 Afghan Police

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Hellfire missiles being loaded onto a US military Reaper drone in Afghanistan.
Hellfire missiles being loaded onto a US military Reaper drone in Afghanistan.
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The US has tried to bolster the Afghan government in Helmand Province with air support in their fighting against the Taliban, but the support appears to have gone horribly wrong today, as a US drone attacked and killed at least 15 Afghan police. The airstrike was targeting what the US thought was a Taliban compound in Helmand’s Gereshk District, but was actually a site used by Afghan security forces to meet and plan operations against the Taliban. A number were inside when the US attacked.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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