Illinois Soldier Killed By Friendly Fire

(AP) A family spokeswoman says a 19-year-old soldier from northern Illinois was among the five troops killed during a friendly-fire incident Monday in Afghanistan.

She says Army officials informed the family that Aaron Toppen of Mokena was among those killed when a U.S. airstrike was called to help after a Taliban ambush.

U.S. officials say it may have been one of the deadliest friendly-fire incidents in nearly 14 years of war.

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