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UK soldier set to face charge over friendly fire

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UK soldier set to face charge over friendly fire
Posted: 2020 26/01/06

UK soldier set to face charge over friendly fire
NCO blamed for giving wrong co-ordinates in Afghan airstrike that killed three British troops

Mark Townsend, defence correspondent
The Observer, Sunday October 12 2008

As usual, the ambush was meticulously planned. Dozens of British troops took cover as Taliban fighters unleashed a stream of rocket-propelled grenades across the wadi. As the crossfire escalated, a forward controller ordered in US F-15 jets to bomb the well-fortified enemy positions.

But even before the smoke had cleared, it was apparent that something had gone terribly wrong: the 500lb bomb had instead landed squarely on British positions, in a notorious 'friendly fire' tragedy that killed three UK troops.

Initially, the US Air Force was castigated, then equipment failures were blamed. But, after a 12-month military investigation, a British soldier is facing a court martial after allegedly mistakenly guiding the warplane to bomb British positions. The sergeant faces charges of failing to perform a duty after investigators concluded he keyed in the wrong co-ordinates as British troops came under attack in Helmand province.
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