US soldiers kill US and Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan

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US forces in Afghanistan kill not just Afghan civilians.

Also, not just famous American football player turned soldier Pat Tillman.

Also less known allies are killed, according to Associate Press:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont National Guard soldier and a Canadian private who were killed in Afghanistan last year were hit by friendly fire, according to an Army report released Monday to The Associated Press.

Sgt. 1st Class John Thomas Stone, 52, was shot once each in the back and head on March 29, 2006, while crouching behind a wall atop a building where he and other U.S. soldiers were repelling a major nighttime attack.

He had joined the Army in 1971 in part to try to learn what happened to his brother, a freelance photographer who disappeared in Cambodia in 1970 with Sean Flynn, the son of the actor Errol Flynn.

The machine gun rounds that killed Stone were fired from inside a compound operated by U.S. Special Forces soldiers, according to the report, a collection of witness statements assembled by American investigators.

The friendly fire also killed Canadian Forces Pvt. Robert Costall and wounded a number of American and allied soldiers, the report said. It does not indicate whether anyone was disciplined.

Wow, these were really “Special” Forces …

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    Report says Afghan friendly-fire incident could have been prevented
    Saturday, July 14, 2007

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (CP) – 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, it said.

    “The incident pilot was responsible for the death and injuries of the Canadian soldiers in the incident,” the said.

    “He lost his situational awareness.”

    Graham was killed and the others were wounded Sept. 4, 2006, during Operation Medusa, the largest Canadian military offensive in a half-century.

    Fighting had been fierce in the Panjwaii district, where soldiers were attempting to secure a section of Highway 1, a major thoroughfare across Kandahar province that had been under control of the Taliban.

    Troops are still fighting over different sections of the highway.

    The report, by a board of inquiry called to look into the incident, found that on the morning of the attack, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment, had lit a fire to burn their refuse on the rocks of Ma’sum Ghar before heading back into the battle zone.

    Graham, a former Olympic track-and-field athlete, had been standing at the fire, warming up.

    Air strikes had been called into the fight zone the day before, after four Canadian soldiers – Sgt. Shane Stachnik, Warrant Officer Frank Robert Mellish, Pte. William Cushley and Warrant Officer Richard Francis Nolan – had been killed in the fighting.

    U.S. aircraft were in the area keeping up the pressure, and the pilot of the A10-A was tasked with strafing a target that moments earlier had been hit by a guided bomb dropped by another American aircraft.

    He was supposed to use the fire and smoke generated by the bomb to identify where he was to shoot.

    “He mistook a garbage fire at the Canadian location for his target without verifying the target through his targeting pod and heads-up display,” the report said.

    “The incident was preventable. If the incident pilot had verified the target using the targeting pod and heads-up display, he would have realized his error and discontinued the attack.”

    The report said the pilot was disoriented by changing light conditions as night transited into day in southern Afghanistan and had removed his night-vision goggles.

    “The transition period between night and day is a difficult one for the pilots because their eyes must adjust to ambient light and the cockpit instrumentation lighting also needs to be adjusted,” the report said.

    “The pilot was relying on his own visual perception to identify the target.”

    Neither the pilot nor the Forward Air Controllers had been aware that Charlie Company had lit the fire.

    The report also found fault with the FACs, saying their pre-deployment training was insufficient to prepare them for the challenges of Operation Medusa.

    “It is with relief that we have finally learned the circumstances that led to Mark’s death and the wounding of many other Canadian soldiers,” said a statement released by the Graham family.

    “This report stirs up many painful memories and we continue to grieve our loss. We are hopeful that the information we received will allow those who knew Mark to move to a different level of healing.”

    In its recommendations, the board said no changes were needed to the policies for close air support in operations on the ground, but that training for air controllers be beefed up to reflect the realities of the work in Afghanistan.

    Sections of the recommendations were blacked out by the military for operational security reasons.

    During their almost four-month investigation into the incident, the board said it found the medical response to the accident “remarkable,” adding that every step of the medical process from treating the injured on the field to the notification of Graham’s family was “timely and effective.”

    The incident pilot did not testify before the board, but provided a written statement in answer to questions from Canadian officials.

    “Board members express their condolences to the Graham family and wish those wounded a speedy recovery,” the report said.

    “Their sacrifices have not gone unseen and will be remembered.”

    Graham’s death was the most recent friendly-fire incident to befall Canadian troops.

    Last week, a U.S. army investigator recommended no charges be filed against an American machine-gunner who killed Canadian army Pte. Robert Costall during a battle in March 2006 in Afghanistan.

    The recommendations were in documents released by the U.S. army about the friendly-fire deaths of Costall and Vermont National Guard First Sgt. John Thomas Stone.

    The report said the deaths, while regrettable, were understandable in the context of the firefight.

    The DND released a statement saying its own investigations of the incident have been completed and authorities were reviewing the findings.

    In 2002, four Canadian soldiers were killed and eight wounded when a U.S. F-16 fighter mistakenly bombed them during a pre-dawn training exercise.


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