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Posted: 9/13/2002 2:05:20 PM EDT
[url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13102-2002Sep13.html[/url] By Robert Burns AP Military Writer Friday, September 13, 2002; 1:26 PM WASHINGTON –– The Air Force charged two F-16 pilots with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault for their roles in a mistaken bombing in Afghanistan that killed four Canadian soldiers and wounded eight.
Link Posted: 9/13/2002 5:31:01 PM EDT
I read this in the paper today and it SUCKS! Friendly fire accidents happen. It sucks that the Canadian troops got hit, but it was an accident in a war zone. I am not devaluing the lives of the Canadian soldiers, I would say the same if was our own guys.
Link Posted: 9/13/2002 5:49:20 PM EDT
Apparently it was more than "just an accident." The pilots involved screwed up on more than one level. They reported they were receiving ground fire, but the evidence presented showed that they should have been able to determine that they were not. They dropped a LGB on a known training area. They released the weapon after they'd been told to hold by the controlling AWACS. If you want to know more about what happened, start reading [url=www.snappingturtle.net/jmc/flit/2002_09_01_archive.html#81554307]this link[/url] and scroll up. You read it and decide.
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