KABUL, Afghanistan: U.S.-led coalition forces mistakenly killed five Afghan police in a clash in a southern province, the government said Friday. The police were manning a checkpoint in Gereshk district of Helmand province when the clash broke out early Thursday, Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said. "Coalition forces mistakenly opened fire on police," Bashary said. "Unfortunately five policemen were killed." International Herald Tribune 16-03-07 What is wrong with the Americans other than being poorly trained and poorly led, they are nothing short of a liability. Our troops in Helmund Province are doing their utmost to defeat the taliban and just as importantly attempting to win the hearts and minds of the local population. Incidents like this undermine all our efforts and there is little wonder that our combat troops like the American Forces to operate well away from them.