Bomb Dropped on US Soldiers by Mistake

Mild Rating: Contains explicit language.
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Paktika Province, Afghanistan - After spotting Taliban forces on a distant ridge line, U.S. Army mortar teams engage with 60mm mortars. A simultaneous airstrike is called in which accidentally drops a 500 pound bomb on a U.S. Army infantry outpost, mistaking the position for Taliban fighters. Luckily there were no friendly casualties in this rare incident, due to the First Sergeant's decision to bring everyone to "stand to" before the drop. It is still unclear what caused the pilot to target the wrong position. "If it wasn't for the decision of our First Sergeant, three of our guys would have died in that wooden building which was shredded by shrapnel."

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  1. Mottlee
    Mottlee Feb 18, 2014

    OOPS! Just glad it looks like all OK!

  2. XB-70
    XB-70 Feb 20, 2014

    It probably was not the pilot's fault.

  3. 13657540
    13657540 Feb 24, 2014

    Looks like the forward observer had his head up and locked on target placing for the aircraft pilots dropping the bombs on the Taliban position? Sounds like too much mouthing going on, adding to the possible confusions in battle...TALK when necessary is the key smarts here, and cut the useless chatter!!!

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