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.

Given the current deployment of the Vandoos and the high state of negative support for the Afghanistan mission in Quebec, this report couldn't have come at a worse time.