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Five Americans killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

(ABC)  Military officials said that five Americans service members were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in Southern Afghanistan.

They were Special Operations forces on patrol with Afghan forces.
They came under fire and the air support they called in may have made a major mistake with tragic consequences.

Karen Travers has more from Washington.
A tragic mistake in Afghanistan may have led to the deaths of five US Servicemembers.
American Special Operations Forces were out on a security patrol with Afghan  Forces on Monday in Zabul Province along the southeastern border with Pakistan.

They were ambushed by the Taliban and came under heavy fire.
They called for air support - US war planes to come out to assist.
Sources said there was a miscommunication about where exactly the bomb should be dropped - and it looks like a US B-1 Bomber dropped it on the wrong spot.

Five Americans and one Afghan were killed. It's unclear how many others were  wounded.
This could be the worst friendly fire incident in the nearly 14 year war.

It comes just two weeks after President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan
President Obama
For many of you this will be your last tour in Afghanistan

Days later he announced the drawdown plan that would end US Combat Operations in Afghanistan.

President Obama
Now we're finishing the job we've started
President Obama
Right now there are 32,000 US Troops in Afghanistan.

*That figure will drop to 9800 after combat operations end this year.
*By the end of 2015, that number would be cut by about half, to about 49-hundred.

Still dangerous KT ABC News Washington.