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Shoot first, ask questions later but don’t answer them

Posted by pauaprincess on February 10, 2007

Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, 25, of The Blues and Royals, Household Cavalry Regiment, from Windsor, was killed after two American A-10 tankbuster planes attacked his tank convoy twice while they were on a reconnaissance mission near Basra on 28th March 2003.  On 30th Jan 2007  the inquest opens into the death of Lance Corporal Hull at the Oxford Old Assizes. It is revealed before the inquest begins that Oxfordshire assistant deputy coroner Andrew Walker requested the attendance of American witnesses, but the request was refused.  On Wednesday January 31 2007, A secret videotape purporting to show the US planes opening fire on the convoy arrives unexpectedly at the Oxford Coroner’s Court.  

The ensuing wrangle has seen the British Sun Newspaper publish the transcript of the cockpit recording.  A recording that supposedly never existed and then was still classified. 

The British people are outraged and who can blame them.  Is this how America treats it’s allies?  Take a look at this video .  I understand Eldon Anderson has since apologised for his words, due to his telephone number being googled and called by angry Brits.

Did the British Ministry of Defence do their best for the family?  The answer is undoubtedly no.  The MoD maintains the US would not release the dvd as it contained classified material, the US alledges it released the material.   Should the US military involved be compelled to appear at the inquest to give their evidence?  Even if they cannot be compelled, as officers and therefore gentlemen, isn’t it the right thing to do?  I’m sure they could be briefed as to what constitutes classified information and what does not. 

 Friendly Fire Incidents:

A British Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado jet is accidentally shot down by a US Patriot missile. The Tornado’s two crew are killed.

Two British soldiers are killed when their tank is mistakenly targeted by another British tank in southern Iraq.

37 US Marines are injured when US troops mistakenly fire at each other near the southern city of Nasiriyah.

A British soldier is killed and four others are injured in the region of Basra when a US A-10 ground attack aircraft fires on them. (L/CoH Matty Hull)

An F-18 US fighter jet is downed, probably by a US Patriot missile. The pilot is reported missing.

A US serviceman mistaken for an Iraqi soldier is shot dead by his own troops in central Iraq.

18 Kurdish fighters are killed and 45 wounded near Arbil in northern Iraq when US aircraft mistakenly bomb a joint US-Kurdish convoy.

According to the website of the American War Library, just over half of the coalition troops killed or injured during the 1991 Gulf War were victims of friendly fire incidents. Of those, about 165 US casualties were due to “friendly fire” out of a total of 367 Americans who lost their lives, it said.

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2 Responses to “Shoot first, ask questions later but don’t answer them”

  1. bee said

    can’t help thinking of pat tillman, and the load of lies they fed to his family.

  2. Is it better to know the truth of what happened or to believe your child died bravely whilst fighting for his/her country? I wonder.

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