Brit Friendly Fire

The Brit newspaper that published a classified cockpit video of an A-10 strike has made the lives of our troops more dangerous.

The Sun newspaper this morning published a classified 15-minute video recording of an attack by two American A-10 tankbuster planes, which took place in Basra on March 28, 2003, at the very start of the Iraq War, and which killed Lance-Corporal of Horse Matty Hull.

Historically, friendly fire has killed about 20% of allied soldiers. It’s caused by errors of position or identification, and the tragic death of L/C Hull is an example of both – the A-10 pilots were told there were no coalition vehicles in their area, and they mistook the Brit orange roof markings that denoted coalition forces for rocket launchers.

Of course the other 80% of our soldiers are killed by the enemy, who in the past few days have used new missiles to shoot down 4 helicopters, killing 20 Americans. The A-10 is a powerful weapon against such terrorists, but the Sun has now given them priceless information on how to avoid detection and attack.

So when the next chopper goes down, or the next marketplace is slaughtered, or the next ambush succeeds, it may be courtesy the Sun, a low-rent publication owned by Rupert Murdoch, a naturalized American citizen.

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