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US-Led Coalition Airstrike Killed 18 Allied Fighters in Syria: Pentagon

"The target location was actually a forward SDF fighting position"

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    US-Led Coalition Airstrike Killed 18 Allied Fighters in Syria: Pentagon
    Syria Democratic Forces, via AP, File
    This frame grab from a video provided by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), shows fighters from the SDF opening fire on an Islamic State group's position, in Raqqa's eastern countryside, Syria, March 6, 2017. An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria killed more than a dozen SDF fighters in an airstrike, the U.S. Department of Defense said Thursday, April 13.

    An airstrike meant for ISIS fighters in Syria mistakenly killed 18 members of Syrian fighters countering President Bashar-al Assad on Tuesday, NBC News reported.

    The "friendly fire" strike from the U.S.-led coalition occurred in northern Syria, according to a Pentagon statement.

    "The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position," the Pentagon said in a statement. "The target location was actually a forward SDF fighting position."

    Several nations have lent air power to the coalition against ISIS, and it wasn't clear if the strike came from a U.S. plane.