Spokesman: The strikes targeted "individuals threatening coalition and Afghan forces"
There was no immediate word on casualties
The strikes take place in the same province where 2 NATO members were killed
The U.S. military conducted airstrikes Thursday in southern Afghanistan against “individuals threatening coalition and Afghan forces,” a military spokesman said.
The strikes took place in Musa Qala, according to Col. Brian Tribus, a spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. This community in Afghanistan’s Helmand province has seen attacks before by militants such as the Taliban, though it wasn’t immediately clear what the Americans’ specific target was this time.
There was no immediate word on casualties.
The strikes come a day after men wearing the uniforms of Afghan security forces shot and killed two NATO service members at an Afghan security forces compound in Helmand province.
NATO service members fired back, killing the attackers, the organization’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said in a statement.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the attackers were members of the Afghan security forces or had obtained the uniforms by other means.
Obama marks end of combat in Afghanistan
“Our personnel will continue to face risks, but this reflects the enduring commitment of the United States to the Afghan people and to a united, secure and sovereign Afghanistan that is never again used as a source of attacks against our nation,” President Barack Obama said in a statement last December.
The Resolute Support Mission, which focuses on training and support of Afghan forces, replaced NATO’s formal combat mission at the end of last year.
The new set-up and approach, however, has not changed the threat faced by Westerners and their allies in Afghanistan.
On Saturday, three American contractors with the NATO mission were among at least a dozen people killed in a suicide bombing of a convoy in Kabul. And earlier this month, an attack on a NATO coalition base in Kabul killed at least one American, a defense official told CNN.
CNN’s Masoud Popalzai and Jethro Mullen contributed to this report.