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Iraq and Afghanistan: Friendly Fire

Volume 705: debated on Tuesday 4 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to discuss friendly fire mistakes made in Iraq and Afghanistan by United States military units. [HL5862]

UK forces are operating in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of multinational efforts in support of UN Security Council resolutions. We constantly review operational issues with those nations deployed alongside UK forces, including the US. The safety of our service personnel, and those of our allies, is of paramount importance and we take all available measures to minimise the risk of friendly fire incidents, but no foolproof means exists to prevent the misidentification of units in a highly complex and stressful battlefield environment.