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  • Officers may have shot Orlando club patrons

    06/17/2016 6:48:45 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 88 replies
    WFAA 8 ABC ^ | 14 June 2016 | Arek Sarkissian
    Omar Mateen, the killer who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State, hid in a bathroom at Pulse, a gay nightclub where he had slaughtered scores of people. A wall of cinder block separated him from a team of police officers outside. For three hours early Sunday morning, crisis negotiators tried to end the siege. Then Mateen — whom police said had acted “cool and calm” during discussions — talked about killing more people. Alarmed, police placed an explosive device against the wall and detonated it. The breach failed; the hole wasn’t large enough to allow for a successful rescue. A...
  • Prince George’s officer likely killed by friendly fire during chaotic gunbattle

    03/14/2016 6:35:45 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/14/2016 | Lynh Bui, Peter Hermann, Justin Jouvenal
    <p>Two of the brothers held in connection with the fatal shooting of a Prince George’s County officer on Sunday filmed the attack on a police station using their cell phones, according to three law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.</p>
  • US Airstrike May Have Inadvertently Killed Iraqi Soldiers

    12/18/2015 3:28:02 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 18, 2015 | Robert Burns
    The U.S. military said it is investigating an American airstrike that may have inadvertently killed Iraqi soldiers near the city of Fallujah. In a brief statement, the U.S. military headquarters in charge of the war effort in Syria and Iraq said that one of several airstrikes it conducted Friday against Islamic State targets may have resulted in the death of Iraqi soldiers. It did not say how many may have been killed, but other officials said the Iraqis initially reported that about 10 may have died. The U.S. statement said the airstrikes were in response to requests and information provided...
  • Friendly Fire May Have Upped Casualties in Be'er Sheva Attack

    10/19/2015 11:14:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/10/15 | Tova Dvorin
    Many of those injured in Sunday night's shooting attack at the Be'er Sheva Central Bus Station may have been wounded by friendly fire - not from the terrorist himself, a senior police officer said Monday night. Two people were killed in the attack and nine others wounded - several seriously - when 21 year-old Israeli Arab Muhaned Al-Okabi shot a soldier, grabbed his automatic weapon and opened fire on a group of police standing in the station. He was later shot dead by security forces. Those killed in the attack included IDF soldier Omri Levy, whom Al-Okabi shot, and Eritrean...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly ‘friendly fire’ accident in Afghan war

    10/30/2014 7:49:19 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 30 Oct 14 | Rowan Scarborough
    The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training. A review of the worst American fratricide in the long Afghanistan war also shows that the military’s official investigation faults a Green Beret commander, an Air Force air controller and the four-man crew on the B-1B bomber that conducted the errant strike. PHOTOS: Top 10 U.S. fighter jets But the investigation, headed by an Air Force general, does not question the use of...
  • Ukraine: Army Soldiers Killed In Friendly Fire Incident?

    05/22/2014 10:42:07 PM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    Something weird happened in east Ukraine today. Allegedly some insurgents from the "Gorlovka" group attacked a Ukrainian military checkpoint near the town Volnovakha in Donetsk oblast. Some 13 soldiers were killed, over 30 wounded and several armored personal carriers were destroyed (vid). There are no reports yet of wounded or killed insurgents. It does not sound plausible to me that a group of rag tag insurgents only recently formed and without much fighting experience attacks a platoon plus size military unit and destroys it completely. There is also a video that shows two Ukrainian MI24-Hind helicopter gunships making several heavy...
  • Army Ranger Steven Elliott Fears He May Have Killed Pat Tillman

    04/19/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Erwin
    It's one of the most famous military mysteries of the past decade, Pat Tillman, the former ASU and Cardinals player turned Army Ranger killed in 2004 after he left the NFL to fight in Afghanistan. The Army said it was friendly fire, but never said whose shots killed Tillman. Three soldiers acknowledged firing at his position, but none have spoken publicly until now. Steven Elliott told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that two convoys entered the mountains, but got separated. He said Tillman's group scaled a ridge line to help fellow rangers under attack, but a squad leader mistakenly thought an...
  • Shooter fears he killed Pat Tillman

    04/18/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/18/2014 | Mike Fish
    For the first time, one of the three Army Ranger platoon mates who fired at Pat Tillman speaks publicly about what happened that fateful day, ten years ago this week. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In his first public statements about the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Army Ranger, one of the fellow Rangers involved in the 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he has lived for 10 years with the thought that he might have fired the fatal shots. "It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him," said Steven Elliott, who...
  • 500 Pound Bomb Dropped on U.S. Soldiers By Mistake - INTERVIEW

    02/28/2014 7:10:36 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies ^ | 2-21-2014 | funker530
    Video from inside outpostPaktika Province, Afghanistan – After spotting Taliban forces on a distant ridge line, U.S. Army mortar teams engage with 60mm mortars. A simultaneous airstrike is called in which accidentally drops a 500 pound bomb on a U.S. Army infantry outpost, mistaking the position for Taliban fighters. Luckily there were no friendly casualties in this incident. It is still unclear what caused the pilot to target the wrong position. INTERVIEW: Q: What events led up to this bomb drop, and what was going through your mind after the bomb hit? A: We had been taking harassing sniper fire...
  • Allowing British soldiers to sue could put troops at even greater risk

    06/24/2013 6:23:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:37PM BST 20 Jun 2013 | Dominic Raab
    Far from protecting British troops, this week’s novel ruling by the Supreme Court—stretching the Human Rights Act (HRA) to allow soldiers to sue the Government over decisions on equipment, training and operations—will endanger our forces and undermine democratic accountability. The claims followed casualties in Iraq after a “friendly fire” incident between two Challenger tanks, and when a Snatch Land Rover patrol hit roadside bombs. The Ministry of Defense was accused of negligence in equipping the tanks and jeeps, training the servicemen and operational decision-making. In an unprecedented judgment, the court abandoned the bar to negligence claims against the MoD in...
  • Union: Border agents opened fire on each other [Nick Ivie death]

    10/07/2012 5:28:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/7/2012 | BOB CHRISTIE
    PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol agent killed last week in a shooting in southern Arizona apparently opened fire on two fellow agents thinking they were armed smugglers and was killed when they returned fire, the head of the Border Patrol agents' union said Sunday. The two sets of agents approached an area where a sensor had been activated early Tuesday from different directions early Tuesday and encountered each other in an area of heavy brush, National Border Patrol Council president George McCubbin said. Agent Nicholas Ivie apparently opened fire first and wounded one of the other agents but...
  • FBI: Strong Signs Border Death from Friendly Fire

    10/06/2012 1:39:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 10/6/12 | JACQUES BILLEAUD and BRIAN SKOLOFF
    Friendly fire likely was to blame in a shooting near the Arizona-Mexico line that killed one federal agent and wounded another, the FBI said, noting the investigation was still ongoing in the case that reignited the political debate over border security. "There are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," FBI Special Agent in Charge James L. Turgal Jr. said in a statement Friday.
  • FBI: Border shooting was likely an accident [Nicholas Ivie -- "friendly fire"]

    10/05/2012 5:25:40 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 8:04 PM EDT, Fri October 5, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    This week's fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and the wounding of another in Arizona was likely the result of friendly fire, the FBI said late Friday. "While it is important to emphasize that the FBI's investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, and the injury to a second agent was the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents," James Turgal, special agent in charge of the FBI's Phoenix division, said in a statement. "At the appropriate time further information...
  • White House: Jobs report further evidence of recovery

    10/05/2012 8:12:37 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/5/12 | BYRON TAU
    "The monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available," Krueger wrote.
  • U.S. probing whether border agent death was friendly fire: sources

    10/05/2012 3:23:28 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 5, 2012 | (Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing By Cynthia Johnston and Jim Loney)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating whether a Border Patrol agent shot dead in Arizona near the Mexican border may have been killed by friendly fire, two U.S. government sources said on Friday. The sources, government officials familiar with the matter, declined to elaborate. A Department of Homeland Security spokesman declined to comment.
  • Friendly fire a possibility in border agent's death Ballistics investigators to shed light

    10/05/2012 12:17:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Tim Steller and Brady McCombs
    Investigators are looking into whether friendly fire caused the death of Border Patrol agent Nick Ivie or the wounding of his colleague early Tuesday morning. Acting Cochise County Sheriff Rod Rothrock said it remains possible that either one was shot by another agent, though the investigation is still in its early stages. "Gunfight situations are highly fluid and dramatic, and this was out there in the middle of the night," Rothrock said. "People are moving and running, and I can't say it didn't happen." If it was friendly fire, that conclusion will be reached later in the investigation, he said....
  • Joint Chiefs Army General Blames "Insensitive" Soldiers For Friendly Fire On Own U.S. Troops

    10/02/2012 4:27:26 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 18 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 10/02/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    Yes, the same Army General who has bent over frontwards to welcome gays into the military, and the same Army General who called Florida Pastor Terry Jones begging him not to air the video about Mohammad, has again put his 4 Star General hat in his hand, reciting the Obama apologist - to everything- view - that our Unites States troops abroad may need more sensitivity training. With these sort of people at the supreme head of our armed forces, have we lost our ability to identify enemies, much less ever again beat them? 4 Star Army General Chairman...
  • Outrageous!… Obama Administration Blames “Friendly Fire” Attacks in Afghanistan on US Troops

    09/30/2012 5:41:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/30/12 | Jim Hoft
    This is unbelievable. The Obama Administration blamed the “friendly fire” attacks in Afghanistan on US troops. U.S. Army specialist Mabry Anders (L), who was killed in an attack by an Afghan army soldier in Afghanistan on August 27, 2012, is pictured with his mother Genevieve Woydziak (C) and his stepfather Troy Woydziak in this undated handout family photo obtained by Reuters September 26, 2012. The “insider attack” also took the life of another U.S. soldier, Sergeant Christopher Birdwell. (REUTERS/Anders Family) The New York Post reported, via Pat Dollard: Afghan security forces, our supposed allies, are slaughtering American troops. Thirty-three soldiers...
  • Green on Blue attacks making Afghanistan run red with American blood

    07/07/2012 7:57:31 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | July 7th, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    When members of the Afghanistan National Army or the Afghan police open fire on American or NATO troops the event is called “Green on Blue” Incident. Blue on Green is the war on terror’s polite term for Friendly Fire, but let’s be honest our soldiers are being murdered by the people we liberated. The number of Green on Blue incidents has been on the rise with at least 80 coalition troops having been killed by “friendly” Afghans since 2009. Twenty six NATO Soldiers have been killed including 13 Americans in 19 attacks so far in 2012. Latest Incidents Last week...
  • Disastrous Friendly Fire Event in Pakistan Could Grind the U.S. Afghan Campaign to a Halt

    12/01/2011 10:48:48 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 01/12/2011 | Dr. John C.K. Daly
    NATO recently literally shot itself in the foot, imperiling the resupply of International Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan by shooting up two Pakistani border posts in a “hot pursuit’ raid. Given that roughly 100 fuel tanker trucks along with 200 other trucks loaded with NATO supplies cross into Afghanistan each day from Pakistan, Pakistan’s closure of the border has ominous long-term consequences for the logistical resupply of ISAF forces, even as Pentagon officials downplay the issue and scramble for alternative resupply routes. Pakistan, long angry about ISAF/NATO cross border raids, has apparently reached the end of its tether. Following the...
  • U.S. deaths in drone strike due to miscommunication, report says

    10/15/2011 7:59:49 AM PDT · by csvset · 2 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | October 15, 2011 | David Zucchino and David S. Cloud
    A Marine and a Navy medic killed by a U.S. drone airstrike were targeted when Marine commanders in Afghanistan mistook them for Taliban fighters, even though analysts watching the Predator's video feed were uncertain whether the men were part of an enemy force. Those are the findings of a Pentagon investigation of the first known case of friendly fire deaths involving an unmanned aircraft, the April 6 attack that killed Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Smith, 26, and Navy Hospitalman Benjamin D. Rast, 23. The 381-page report, which has not been released, concludes that the Marine officers on the scene and...
  • In the movie -- ‘The Pat Tillman Story,’ Anti-Bush Conspiracy Just Doesn’t Add Up

    09/14/2010 8:22:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 09/14/2010 | John Nolte
    There are three important things going on in "The Tillman Story" (in selected theatres today), two of which almost make the conspiracy-mongering documentary worth your time. The first and best is the opportunity to get to know better the extraordinary and extraordinarily complicated and interesting Pat Tillman. In the best sense of the word, this was a fierce and fiercely passionate man - fierce on the football field, fierce on the battlefield, and fierce in his personal beliefs. This was also a man who only ever dated one woman, the woman he would marry the same week he enlisted; and...
  • Soldier killed by friendly-fire

    03/22/2010 7:26:52 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 225+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | March 23, 2010 | Yaakov Katz
    IDF soldier Sgt. Gavriel Chepitch, 21, from Zichron Ya’acov, was killed Monday night in a friendly-fire incident along the border with the Gaza Strip. Chepitch, from the 77th Armored Battalion, was part of a military force near the Kissufim Crossing that apprehended three Palestinians who had allegedly succeeded in crossing the border into Israel. A force from the Golani Brigade was also alerted to the border and spotted a suspicious figure, whom the soldiers assumed was one of the infiltrators. The soldiers opened fire, killing Chepitch.
  • Anger as NATO airstrike kills 4 Afghan soldiers

    01/30/2010 11:23:09 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 3 replies · 184+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | January 30, 2010 | Robert H. Reid
    KABUL – A joint U.S.-Afghan force called in an airstrike on what turned out to be an Afghan army post after taking fire from there before dawn Saturday, killing four Afghan soldiers and prompting an angry demand for punishment from the country's defense ministry. Both NATO and Afghan authorities described the clash around a snow-covered outpost in Wardak province southwest of Kabul as a case of mistaken identity. NATO called the attack "unfortunate" and promised a full investigation. Nevertheless, the deadly strike threatens to strain relations between NATO and the Afghan government at a time when both sides are calling...
  • At least 25 hurt in U.S. troop search in Afghanistan ( Americans die in friendly fire airstrike)

    11/06/2009 12:50:00 PM PST · by Cardhu · 5 replies · 682+ views
    SwissInfo ^ | October 6th 2009 | Sharafuddin Sharafyar
    HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - More than 25 NATO and Afghan troops were wounded during a search Friday for two missing U.S. paratroopers in western Afghanistan, the NATO-led force said. The Taliban said the missing two missing soldiers were dead and it had recovered their bodies.
  • Army lied about how my son died in Iraq: Friendly-fire victim was 'misidentified' as enemy gunman

    04/06/2009 8:21:19 PM PDT · by Karma Police · 11 replies · 747+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | April 1, 2009 | James Gordon Meek
    WASHINGTON - Army brass in Iraq whitewashed an incident of a soldier killed by his own lieutenant by blaming the dead hero, stonewalling his family and promoting his killer, the Daily News has learned. The friendly-fire victim, Pfc. David Sharrett, 27, of Oakton, Va., was "misidentified" by 1stLt. Timothy Hanson as an enemy gunman during a botched night raid Jan. 16, 2008, against an Al Qaeda in Iraq stronghold north of Baghdad, the Army belatedly acknowledged. Sharrett bled to death as his buddies searched frantically for him for 25 minutes after the firefight ended. For four months after the Army...
  • A-10 pilots keeping it safe in Afghanistan

    05/15/2008 6:59:32 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 48 replies · 266+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 16, 2008 | Scott Schonauer
    (See video at end of story) BAGRAM, Afghanistan — A 200-pound bomb dropped from a U.S. warplane can end a firefight in a heartbeat. That same bomb, however, slightly off target, can be tragic for troops on the ground. The margin of error, the difference between helping allies and making a horrific mistake, is microscopically thin for pilots thousands of feet in the air. Bad judgment, poor communication or both can alter fate in seconds. Pilots with the Spangdahlem, Germany-based 81st Fighter Squadron know the risks all too well. When the squadron last deployed to Afghanistan in 2006, a pilot...
  • Ross Kemp in Afghanistan [Brits at war and what they REALLY think about the Americans]

    02/16/2008 7:52:56 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 57 replies · 282+ views
    This is an extraordinary series on over here at the moment which shows extremely closeup, the fight our folks are in. Fastforward to 7:20 as he speaks to 5 platoon, who had recently lost three soldiers in a blue on blue incident where an American plane had dropped a bomb on some of our guys. They are asked of what they think of the Americans. The response they give may surprise you. All the more incredible, consider some of these guys have lost their best friends in these incidents. Please take the time to watch this, it is facinating. Some...
  • Dutch and Afghan soldiers killed by friendly fire

    01/13/2008 1:41:31 PM PST · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 128+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | January 13 2008
    The Hague - Dutch armed forces Commander Dick Berlijn has announced that the two Dutch soldiers who died in Uruzgan on Saturday were killed by friendly fire. The soldiers did not realise they were firing on each other due to darkness and bad weather. Two Afghan soldiers who were killed later that evening were also shot dead by Dutch soldiers. They were mistaken for Taliban fighters because they were not in uniform. At the time, the Dutch soldiers were assisting an injured colleague whose legs will have to be amputated. The two deaths bring the Dutch death toll since the...
  • 5 Iraqi detainees killed in rocket attack (Baghdad) [ROTFLMAO!]

    12/10/2007 10:02:23 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 51 replies · 179+ views
    MNF-Iraq ^ | 12/10/2007 | Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    Monday, 10 December 2007 Multi-National Corps – IraqPublic Affairs Office, Camp VictoryAPO AE 09342FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASERELEASE No. 20071210-06December 10, 20075 Iraqi detainees killed in rocket attackMulti-National Division – Baghdad PAOFORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq – Five Iraqi detainees were killed and 25 others wounded when insurgents launched a rocket attack in the Rusafa district of eastern Baghdad Dec. 10.    Reports indicate nine 122mm rockets were fired with at least one of them hitting a detainee holding area on a forward operating base.  Coalition Forces sealed off the area.  An investigation into the attack is underway.-30-FOR QUERIES, CONTACT MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION...
  • Friendly Fire

    11/10/2007 5:03:38 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 10 replies · 202+ views
    Project Delta ^ | June 4, 2007 | Donald J. Taylor
    Sergeant First Class Arno J. Voigt was killed by friendly fire near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam on June 4, 1970, and like all friendly fire accidents it was one of those things that shouldn’t have happened but did. A Pink Team consisting of an OH-6 Cayuse Light Observation Helicopter (Loach) and three AH-1G Cobra Gun Ships from the 2d Squadron 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division mistook Arno Voigt and a company of ARVN Airborne Rangers for a company of NVA and fired on them, killing Arno Voigt along with two Rangers and wounding an additional twenty Rangers. This is...

    12/07/2001 1:35:31 AM PST · by kattracks · 3 replies · 82+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/07/01 | NILES LATHEM &amp; BILL HOFFMANN
    <p>December 7, 2001 -- Human error is being probed as the likely cause of the tragic friendly-fire bombing that left three Green Berets dead and 19 others injured, officials said yesterday.</p> <p>Pentagon officials told The Post the wrong coordinates were fed into the guidance system of the 2,000-pound bomb that hit the Kandahar headquarters of Afghanistan's newly appointed leader Wednesday.</p>
  • Tennessean is among 3 killed by U.S. bomb

    12/06/2001 5:47:43 AM PST · by maximus@Nashville · 9 replies · 703+ views
    Nashville Tennessean ^ | Thursday, 12/06/01 | Associated Press
    <p>A Tennessean was among the three U.S. Special Forces soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday when a U.S. bomb missed its Taliban target. The Pentagon identified those killed as Master Sgt. Jefferson Donald Davis, 39, of Watauga, near Johnson City, Tenn.; Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Petithory, 32, of Cheshire, Mass.; and Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser, 28, of California. All were members of the Army's 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, stationed at Fort Campbell. The bomb, carrying 2,000 pounds of explosives, landed about 100 yards from the soldiers' position north of Kandahar, where the Taliban is making its last stand against Afghan opposition forces. Nineteen other American soldiers were injured, and five Afghan fighters were killed. Davis, a Green Beret sergeant, lived in Clarksville with his wife, Mi Kyong Davis, and two children, Christina, 14, and Jessie, 10. His parents, William Lon and Linda Davis, were driving 340 miles from their home in Watauga to Clarksville to be with their daughter-in-law and grandchildren and were not available for comment last night. At the Davis home, less than two miles from Fort Campbell, dozens of people dropped by to pay their condolences, including members from the First Korean Presbyterian Church who arrived in a van after midweek church services. The church members brought food and were seen hugging others inside the home. Most of the visitors declined to comment at the request of the family. One friend simply said Davis' widow was resting after an emotional day, and the family would probably make a statement today. Another said Mi Kyong Davis' parents were expected to arrive from Korea by today. A military family who lives nearby lowered the American flag in front of their home to half-staff and said they were too upset by the news to talk. Cousin Penny McCracken told the Johnson City Press Davis was a career military man and his family was proud of his service. ''He was always a good guy,'' she said. The newspaper reported Davis was a 1981 graduate of Elizabethton High School, where he played football and basketball. He also played football while attending Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. He later studied nursing at East Tennessee State University. Petithory grew up in Cheshire, Mass., a town of 3,600 in the Berkshire Mountains near the Vermont border. ''He served his country, and he did what he thought was right,'' said Carol Francesconi, a member of the Board of Selectmen in the town. Pentagon officials said they could not yet explain what went wrong in the deadliest ''friendly fire'' accident of the war. Whatever the cause, it illustrated the danger inherent in the kind of support U.S. forces are providing to Afghan fighters: calling in airstrikes on nearby enemy positions. ''This is one of the potentially most hazardous type of missions that we use as a military tactic,'' said Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem, deputy director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A forward air controller among the U.S. troops involved in the incident called for close air support, and an Air Force B-52 bomber responded by launching a bomb known as a Joint Direct Attack Munition, he said. The bomb is guided by a satellite navigation system and is considered one of the most accurate weapons in the U.S. arsenal. It was used for the first time in combat in Kosovo in 1999. Stufflebeem and other Pentagon officials said investigators would try to determine whether the bomb missed the intended target because of mechanical or human error. ''A two-thousand-pound weapon is a devastating weapon,'' he said. ''As a pilot, I can do everything perfectly with a perfect weapon system and still cannot account for every weapon going exactly where it's supposed to go. And that's just a fact of unfortunate life here in this case.'' All casualties were evacuated from the scene, first to a U.S. Marine base south of Kandahar and then out of Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai, the southern Pashtun leader and newly designated head of the provisional government in Afghanistan, was in the area where the bomb landed but was not seriously wounded, Pentagon officials said. ''I, along with the rest of America, grieve for the loss of life in Afghanistan,'' President Bush said from the Oval Office. ''I want the families to know that they died for a noble and just cause.'' The deaths bring to four the number of Americans killed inside Afghanistan in the two-month war. CIA officer Johnny ''Mike'' Spann was killed Nov. 25 in a prison uprising while questioning forces captured in the fighting.</p>
  • Allies compare technology and tactics (fratricide reduction)

    09/14/2007 8:19:53 PM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies · 817+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2007-09-14 | Murray Brewster
    OTTAWA (CP) - Most of the countries fighting in Afghanistan are comparing technology and ideas this week in the Nevada and California deserts in the first large-scale multinational effort to reduce friendly fire casualties. Canada's contribution to the demonstration involves three CF-18 fighter jets, a contingent of soldiers and fighting vehicles from 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ont. It comes just a few weeks after investigations in both Canada and the United States determined better training, equipment and co-ordination could have prevented the accidental strafing of a company of Canadian soldiers last year. The split-second mistake, by...
  • Friendly fire" incident probed in Afghanistan

    08/25/2007 8:19:36 AM PDT · by Ghayyour · 3 replies · 266+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | August 25, 2007
    CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - Investigations were under way Saturday into the killing of three British soldiers in a bomb dropped by a US fighter jet and intended for Afghanistan’s Taleban rebels. The “friendly fire” incident in the southern province of Helmand late Thursday was one of the deadliest in a string of such mistakes in the intensifying international campaign against the Al Qaeda-backed Taleban. The British soldiers were struck by a bomb dropped by a US F-15 jet called in to help during a fierce battle near the massive Kajaki Dam, which troops are fighting to secure from the hardline...
  • Tragic friendly fire kills three British soldiers in Afghanistan

    08/25/2007 2:15:15 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 10 replies · 498+ views
    BBC News ^ | 24th August 2007 | BBC News
    Three British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan by so-called friendly fire from American fighter planes, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said. The MoD said the soldiers, from 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, were killed at around 1830 local time (1500 BST) on Thursday. It is understood they died when the planes dropped a bomb near their patrol in Helmand province. Two other soldiers were also injured. Next of kin have been informed. The fighter planes had been called in to give air support to ground troops, the Ministry of Defence said. Defence Secretary Des Browne said he...
  • U.S. bomb kills British soldiers in Afghanistan

    08/24/2007 5:43:52 AM PDT · by Abathar · 24 replies · 544+ views
    LONDON (Reuters) - Three British soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan when a U.S. aircraft supporting them in a battle against the Taliban dropped a bomb, the Ministry of Defense said on Friday. The incident on Thursday takes the number of British deaths in Afghanistan since the Taliban was toppled in 2001 to 73. Two other soldiers were injured. The soldiers were on a mission to disrupt Taliban activity north west of Kajaki, in the lawless Helmand province. "Their patrol was attacked by Taliban insurgents and during the intense engagement that ensued, close air support was called in from two...
  • No charges to be laid in friendly fire death of Canadian soldier: military

    08/07/2007 4:10:46 PM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 228+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2007-08-07 | Murray Brewster
    OTTAWA (CP) - A U.S. military machine gunner, who mistakenly opened fire on Canadians soldiers in the midst of desperate, pitched battle with the Taliban last year, had not been warned that friendly troops were anywhere in the vicinity, a Canadian investigation concluded Tuesday. The board of inquiry that looked into the March 29, 2006 attack that claimed the life of Pte. Robert Costall blamed the "fog of war" and more specifically a lack of co-ordination between Canadian, U.S. and Afghan forces, all of which were occupying a dusty, hilltop base that was in danger of being overrun. Canadian military...
  • New documents shed light on Tillman’s death

    07/26/2007 7:15:06 PM PDT · by gpapa · 39 replies · 2,151+ views
    AP via ^ | July 26, 2007 | Unattributed
    SAN FRANCISCO - Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman’s forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player’s death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. “The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described,” a doctor who examined Tillman’s body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators. The doctors — whose names were blacked out — said that the bullet holes were so close together that...
  • A-10A Friendly Fire Board of Inquiry Findings released

    07/14/2007 10:35:34 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies · 531+ views
    DBD/Canadian Forces ^ | 2007-07-14 | (press release)
    News Release A-10A Friendly Fire Board of Inquiry Findings released CEFCOM NR-07.028 - July 13, 2007 OTTAWA - Lieutenant-General Michel Gauthier, Commander Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (CEFCOM), released today the findings from the A-10A Friendly Fire Incident Board of Inquiry (BOI) that investigated the September 4, 2006, events during which a USAF aircraft opened fire on Canadian troops. This incident resulted in the death of Private Mark Anthony Graham and injuries to several other Canadian soldiers serving with Charles Company group, Royal Canadian Regiment, Joint Task Force – Afghanistan (JTF-Afg). “Members of the Board of Inquiry produced a thorough report...
  • The Jackals and Pat Tillman

    04/26/2007 6:50:05 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 1 replies · 424+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 4/26/07 | Purple Mountains
    In every modern war, commanders have tried to write comforting letters home to parents of soldiers killed in the service. Regardless of the circumstances of their deaths, decent and compassionate commanders have always tried to put those circumstances in the best light possible, sometimes stretching the truth or even glossing over painful facts. Sometimes their actions were also designed to hide the fact of their own incompetence or “for the good of the service”, but usually the motives were benign.
  • FBI agent possibly killed by colleague

    04/05/2007 8:35:20 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 21 replies · 916+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 4-5-07 | DAVID PORTER
    READINGTON, N.J. (AP) An FBI agent who was killed Thursday when a stakeout team opened fire on three armed bank robbery suspects might have been shot accidentally by another agent, the FBI said.
  • Friendly fire may have killed 2 soldiers

    04/04/2007 4:06:33 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies · 627+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | April 4, 2007 | Lolita C. Baldor
    Two soldiers killed in Iraq in February may have died as a result of friendly fire, Army officials said Wednesday. The Army said it is investigating the deaths of Pvt. Matthew Zeimer, 18, of Glendive, Mont., and Spc. Alan E. McPeek, 20, of Tucson, Ariz., who were killed in Ramadi, in western Iraq, on Feb. 2. The families of the two soldiers were initially told they were killed by enemy fire...
  • Friendly Fire in Iraq: 9 US Marines KIA

    03/31/2007 3:59:06 PM PDT · by aprilmapes · 32 replies · 1,211+ views
    Friendly Fire in Iraq: Inept Investigation or Pentagon Cover-Up? The Enterprise Report - has exclusively obtained never before seen photos of the battle at an-Nasiriyah, the largest single loss of American troops since the start of the Iraq War. Los Angeles ( ) March 27, 2007 -- Was the Pentagon covering up or was their investigation inept? These are questions being asked by the web site, has exclusively obtained never seen before photos of the battle at an-Nasiriyah, the largest single loss of American troops since the start of the Iraq War. The official Pentagon investigation...
  • Friendly Fire in Iraq - Inept Investigation or Pentagon Cover-Up?

    03/27/2007 11:50:22 PM PDT · by aprilmapes · 2 replies · 509+ views
    Friendly Fire in Iraq: Pentagon Cover Up or Inept Investigation Tue Mar 27, 3:00 AM ET has exclusively obtained never before seen photos of the battle at an-Nasiriyah, the largest single loss of American troops since the start of the Iraq War. Los Angeles ( ) March 27, 2007 -- Was the Pentagon covering up or was their investigation inept? These are questions being asked by the web site, has exclusively obtained never seen before photos of the battle at an-Nasiriyah, the largest single loss of American troops since the start of the Iraq War. The official...
  • Friendly fire death ruled unlawful

    03/16/2007 9:00:48 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 24 replies · 798+ views
    CNN ^ | March 16, 2007
    LONDON, England (CNN) -- A British coroner on Friday ruled that a U.S. "friendly fire" attack that killed a British soldier in Iraq was unlawful and criminal. Oxfordshire Assistant Deputy Coroner Andrew Walker's said the death of Lance Cpl. Matty Hull in an attack on his armored vehicle convoy in southern Iraq in March 2003, was entirely avoidable. The coroner's verdict is not binding on the United States, which is not subject to British law. Hull's widow Susan welcomed the decision. "All my family feel it is the right verdict, it is what we have waited four years to hear,"...
  • Cockpit Video of A10 Attack (Blue/Blue) - UK Newspaper

    02/06/2007 12:31:04 AM PST · by Brit_Guy · 68 replies · 5,297+ views
    The Sun Newspaper ^ | 6 Feb 2007 | The Sun Newspaper
    The Sun is claiming copyright so I will only post a link. It is to a cockpit video of an A10 attack which sadly led to the death of a UK soldier. It makes sobering viewing.
  • The tape they wanted to hide (Iraq blue/blue transcript)

    02/06/2007 6:26:49 AM PST · by propertius · 20 replies · 2,307+ views
    The Sun (Brit tabloid) ^ | 6 Feb, 2006 | Tom Newton-Dunn
    THIS is the full transcript of the cockpit video from call sign POPOV36 during the disastrous friendly fire attack on the Household Cavalry patrol (that killed L/Cpl Matt Hull). Lasting just over 15 minutes, it begins just before the A-10 Thunderbolt pilot spots the four British vehicles. The local time is 4.36pm, or 1.36pm Greenwich Mean Time which is what the military use. The killer pilot’s wingman, hunting targets with him in a second A-10, had the call sign POPOV35. The other main call signs on the radio net are MANILA HOTEL, MANILA34, and LIGHTNING34 — three US Marine Corps...
  • Hillary's team has questions about Obama's Muslim background

    01/18/2007 2:42:00 PM PST · by hope · 152 replies · 9,611+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 1/17/07
    Are the American people ready for an elected president who was educated in a Madrassa as a young boy and has not been forthcoming about his Muslim heritage? This is the question Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s camp is asking about Sen. Barack Obama. An investigation of Mr. Obama by political opponents within the Democratic Party has discovered that Mr. Obama was raised as a Muslim by his stepfather in Indonesia. Sources close to the background check, which has not yet been released, said Mr. Obama, 45, spent at least four years in a so-called Madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia.
  • Mexicans Breach Minuteman (MCDC) Constructed Border Fence!

    11/16/2006 8:18:33 PM PST · by Registered · 342 replies · 5,847+ views
    Registered ^ | 11-16-2006 | RegisteredMedia