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US-Led Coalition Probes Possible Friendly Fire Casualties in Afghan Battle


U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan say they are investigating whether friendly fire killed an American and a Canadian soldier as they fought in a battle against Taleban rebels last week.

The fighting began last Wednesday when Taleban insurgents attacked a coalition military base in the southern province of Helmand. It was one of the Taleban's biggest assaults on coalition forces in months.

Five coalition troops also were wounded in the battle, including an American, three Canadians and one Afghan.

A coalition statement released today says a team of Americans, Canadians and Afghans will investigate the fighting, including whether any casualties resulted from friendly fire.

The U.S. military says coalition troops killed 32 Taleban insurgents in the battle.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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