US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country.

The incident took place in Helmand province on Friday as Afghan security forces attempted to clear a village of Taliban militants, Salam Afghan, a police spokesman, told AFP.

“In the strike, 16 Afghan policemen were killed including two commanders. Two other policemen were wounded,” he said.

Payback is more like it, how many US soldiers have been murdered by alleged Afghan “Friendlies”?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Your average Afghan policeman in Helmand was probably rejected first as unsuitable for Taliban duty.
    Afghan policeman are the bottom of the barrel. The worst.
    Likely they were too corrupt or compromised for their special forces, not good enough for the Afghan military and local “policeman” was the only thing they could do.
    Likely they are all illiterate and taking kickbacks for opium protection by the Taliban.
    Helmand is such a shithole, even by Afghan standards.
    All other provinces hate them and think they are the Afghan equivalent of inbred hillbilly meth-heads.

  • Blacksmith

    Just because they were afghan police doesn’t mean they were frendlies.

  • simus1

    A common problem when the stone age interfaces with Star Wars.

    During the run up to the action, there is a need for those good guys on the ground to transmit both the friendlies and the enemy position coordinates to the “overhead force multiplier” multiple times to ensure the bombs land on the bad guys.
    What could possibly go wrong?