Shahidullah Shahid, the spokesman for the governor in Wardak Province where the fighting occurred, said the deaths came “after a clash ensued between two sides following a misunderstanding.” An Afghan official, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to release details, said that a mortar shell had landed amid the American unit, killing a soldier and a civilian contractor and wounding several others. The Americans thought it came from a nearby Afghan National Army checkpoint on a hill overhead and attacked it with small arms and rockets, killing three and wounding three of the seven soldiers there, the official said.
The Middle East is a disaster zone -- and with Iran moving unchecked to complete its nuclear weapons -- the reelection of Barack Obama would be a catastrophic mistake.
Update: Obama Administration Blames “Friendly Fire” Attacks in Afghanistan on US Troops.
Full disclosure: I added the picture of Hillary Clinton to the screen-cap.