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March 28, 2007 | David Zucchino, Times Staff Writer
The family of U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman has angrily rejected the Pentagon's latest explanation of his 2004 death in Afghanistan from friendly fire as a "travesty," accusing the military of "a conspiracy to deceive" and of exploiting Tillman to bolster recruiting efforts.
March 27, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writers
Military officers knew a day after the death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan that the former NFL star's killing was probably caused by friendly fire, but led Tillman's family to believe he was shot by Afghan insurgents for more than a month before divulging the truth.
March 24, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
A new Pentagon report found that nine officers, including a three-star general, mishandled the investigation into the "friendly fire" death in Afghanistan of Pat Tillman, the pro-football player turned Army Ranger, a senior defense official said Friday night. The report will not mete out specific punishments to the officers, who include four generals in all. But the Army will begin its own review of what action should be taken. "We are going to move quickly," an Army official said.
March 17, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
The death of a British lance corporal whose armored vehicle was mistakenly incinerated by a U.S. warplane in Iraq in 2003 was "criminal" and "entirely avoidable," a coroner ruled Friday. The British inquest's search for investigative material on the case was marked by repeated military roadblocks, but Assistant Deputy Coroner Andrew Walker concluded that the "friendly fire" incident showed evidence of error on the part of U.S. pilots. Contradicting the findings of a U.S.
February 10, 2007 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. airstrike accidentally killed eight members of a Kurdish security force and injured six others who were manning an observation point near a political office in the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi officials said Friday. The U.S. military said five Kurdish security force members had died in the attack, which it said had been aimed at bomb makers affiliated with Al Qaeda. U.S.
February 7, 2007 | Janet Stobart, Times Staff Writer
American pilots can be heard cursing and weeping after finding out they had just fired on a British convoy in southern Iraq at the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion, according to cockpit video footage leaked to a British tabloid. Shortly after the Sun newspaper posted the video on its website Tuesday, the U.S. government relented on its refusal to allow the video to be shown in a British court. The 2003 strike near Basra killed a British soldier and wounded several others.
December 17, 2006 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
When Michael "Paul" Bridges tried to follow in his father's footsteps and enlist in the Army in December 2001, he was rejected. At 5 feet 11, he weighed 296 pounds. "I'm a lot shorter and a lot fatter than I thought I was," he told his dad, jokingly. Bridges was so determined to get into the Army that he started working out and eating more healthful foods. Eighteen months later, he was 119 pounds lighter, weighing in at 177 pounds at a Fullerton recruiting station.
November 12, 2006 | Scott Lindlaw and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press
In a remote and dangerous corner of Afghanistan, under the protective roar of Apache attack helicopters and B-52 bombers, special agents and investigators did their work. They walked the landscape with surviving witnesses. They found a rock stained with the blood of the victim. They reenacted the killings -- here the U.S. Army Rangers swept through the canyon in their Humvee, blasting away; here the doomed man waved his arms, pleading for recognition as a friend.
November 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Air Force will pay $519,070 to the Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School, which was mistakenly strafed by an F-16 on a training maneuver two years ago. The school was damaged by 27 rounds of inert 20mm ammunition from a cannon on the plane during a nighttime mission. At least one round struck a student's desk, and others scuffed the parking lot. The rounds explode on impact when they are live.
September 4, 2006 | From the Associated Press
NATO warplanes killed one of the force's own soldiers and wounded several others in a "friendly fire" incident in southern Afghanistan today, NATO said in a statement. The incident occurred during a NATO-led anti-Taliban operation in Kandahar province's Panjwayi district where a major Afghan-NATO offensive has killed more than 200 militants in southern Afghanistan, according to NATO. Four Canadian soldiers also were reported killed during the fighting Saturday and Sunday.
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