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Captain: Pilots Were Told of Friendly Forces

January 21, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Two U.S. pilots charged with manslaughter in the deadly mistaken bombing of Canadian forces in Afghanistan last year had been warned before the mission that friendly forces might be on the ground, an Air Force intelligence officer testified.

Capt. Evan Cozadd, an intelligence officer with the 183rd Fighter Wing, said Majs. Harry Schmidt and William Umbach had been told the situation on the ground was uncertain.

Defense attorneys were able to bolster their contention that Schmidt and Umbach were victims of poor information.

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