View Full Version : Friendly fire death was preventable: government report

07-16-2007, 05:57 PM
From CBC.ca

Friendly fire death was preventable: government report
Last Updated: Saturday, July 14, 2007 | 8:46 PM ET
The Canadian Press

A friendly fire incident that killed one Canadian soldier and wounded 36 others in Afghanistan last fall could have been prevented, Canada's Department of National Defence said in a report released late Friday.

Had the American pilot been using his equipment properly, Trooper Mark Anthony Graham would not have been killed when a garbage fire lit by Charlie Company was mistaken for the smoke and fire of an intended target and strafed by the U.S. air force, the report said.

More... (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/07/14/graham-friendlyfire-report.html)

Given the current deployment of the Vandoos and the high state of negative support for the Afghanistan mission in Quebec (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/07/15/afghanistan-van-doos.html), this report couldn't have come at a worse time.