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Pentagon dismisses report saying U.S. air support hit French troops

Alex Constantine - August 20, 2008


WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Defense Department said on Wednesday that it had not found any clues showing close U.S. air support resulted in casualties among French troops ambushed in Afghanistan.

"We have no reports of any casualties caused by close air support," said the Pentagon spokesman, Bryan Whitman.

He made the remarks as a response to a report by the French newspaper Le Monde, saying that the injured French troops said NATO air strikes missed their targets and hit French troops.

When asked whether French troops' casualties were resulted from the friendly fire, Whitman said that he had heard of "no report of that." ...


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