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Friendly fire has occurred in battles in which only one force was on the battlefield.
Still, of the 1,077 American and Australian sailors who died in that fearsome night battle, as many as 50 were victims of friendly fire.
Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Larpent, who lost nine of his men to friendly fire in the last Gulf War, said: "The problem comes when a plan gets overtaken by events and in the heat of battle you have to rely on good identification skills of the soldiers on each side.
LR: I knew that we were all relieved when the news was broadcast that these casualties were victims of friendly fire and not individually disposable casualties of one-way or one-by-one violence.
Transferring our proven capability to protect ground forces from friendly fire is both a natural extension of our historical commitment to IFF and our responsibility to our nation's warfighters.
They include details about the extent of Afghan civilian casualties, a covert special forces unit targeting insurgent leaders, and friendly fire deaths that have plagued the campaign.
That would leave open friendly fire, murder, accidental weapon discharge, or suicide.
An investigation of the circumstances of Cpl Budd's death has revealed the possibility of friendly fire, the paper said.
Because of the unprecedented battlespace awareness supported by the WMI, friendly fire incidents will be significantly reduced.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Van Der Lande said: 'The squadron was in action, but it is suspected this may have been a friendly fire incident.
Unfortunately, lung tissue often succumbs to friendly fire from those neutrophils.
Earlier, a soldier killed in a suspected friendly fire incident on Sunday was identified as Kingsman Sean Dawson, from 2nd Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.