Friendly Fire

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Any unintentional discharge or misdirection of firepower or other weapons of war (e.g., gunfire, dropping of bombs and shelling by long-range weapons) in an armed conflict against combatants of the same side
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In the worst of a series of friendly fire incidents, 18 American special forces and their Kurdish allies were killed when they were bombed by a US warplane - the terrible scenes were captured in all too graphic reality by John Simpson and his BBC team travelling with the convoy.
It bore chilling similarities to a friendly fire incident in the last Gulf War, when an A10 killed nine Brits.
Three soldiers injured in a previous friendly fire incident in Afghanistan, including Captain Paul, 30, from Chicago, who suffered a perforated ear drum, arrived home yesterday.
Us troops were accused of killing eight Iraqi policemen and a Jordanian security guard in a friendly fire incident during a car chase yesterday.
THE inquest into the death of Corporal Kevin Leech, who died in a friendly fire incident in Iraq in 1991, returned a verdict of unlawful killing, not misadventure (Page 10, February 7).
US TROOPS were accused of killing eight Iraqi policemen and a Jordanian security guard yesterday in a friendly fire incident during a car chase.
Sergeant Steve Roberts died in a friendly fire incident as colleagues tried to defend him from stone-throwing Iraqis at a checkpoint near Az Zubayr.
CREWS from a Tornado squadron that lost two colleagues in a friendly fire incident in the Gulf returned home to the UK yesterday.
That compares with three Scots during the first Gulf War - from a friendly fire incident - and accounts for a sixth of all current UK fatalities.
Simpson, whose translator was among those killed in the latest friendly fire incident, shouted at US commanders on the ground shortly after the air strike: ``Tell them to go away, tell themit's us, tell themit's us.''
Armed Forces spokesman Lt Col Sean Tully said: ``Almost certainly it was not a friendly fire incident and I do not think it was attributable to enemy action.
Household Cavalry Lance Corporal Alan Tudball, 23, was seriously injured in a friendly fire incident in March.

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