US helicopters mistakenly killed at least five Kurdish troops Friday in a friendly fire incident against forces Washington hopes to partner with to secure Iraq, US and Iraqi officials said.
The Kurdish deaths occurred in eastern Mosul about midnight. The US military said the air strike was targeting al-Qaida fighters, but later issued an apology, saying the five men killed had been identified as Kurdish police.
Kurdish officials put the casualty toll at eight killed and six wounded, and said the men were guarding a branch of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a key supporter of US efforts in Iraq.
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