Military Rivalry 'Causes Friendly-fire Deaths'
April 29, 2003
In the first days of the US and British invasion of Iraq, an American Patriot missile shot down a British Tornado fighter-bomber, while near Basra one British Challenger tank destroyed another. Then in a disturbing echo of events in the 1991 Gulf War, an American A-10 plane destroyed a British armored vehicle. At first sight these look like inevitable accidents, triggered by technological failures of 21st-century military technology. But the truth may lie deeper.