"Friendly Fire" Claims Five

By Steve Handelsman

Published 06/10 2014 03:58PM

Updated 06/10 2014 04:01PM

(NBC News)  Five American soldiers are dead after an apparent friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan.

Sources say the soldiers were killed by a U.S. airstrike that was supposed to protect them in the midst of an enemy attack.

Coalition command says the group was on a mission Monday night in southeastern Afghanistan, teamed with Afghan government forces,  before the disaster.

Taliban forces attacked and the Americans called for air support.

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