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THE ARGHANDAB FRIENDLY FIRE INCIDENT

A study in how faulty team processes led to catastrophe
This case study involves a friendly fire incident that took place in Arghandab District, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, during June 2014. A USAF B1-B Lancer bomber providing Close Air Support to a US Special Forces unit and Afghan National Army partner force dropped two guided bombs on their own position, killing six soldiers instantly. The airstrike was directed by a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) attached to the SF unit.