2 U.S. soldiers killed by friendly fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe deaths were not a result of negligence, the investigators said. Instead, “a series of decisions and actions by both the tank crews and their command, taken collectively, fell short of the high expectations we have of our soldiers and their leaders.” It was not immediately clear whether the tank crews and their command were reprimanded by the Army. The report said their decisions and actions “directly created the conditions which caused this accident, including deficiencies in training, manning, mission preparation, target validation procedures, and tactical level friendly force marking that, if addressed and corrected, can limit fratricide such as this in the future.” The author of the report, whose name was omitted, said all parties acted prudently and genuinely and attempted to fire only at Army targets. WASHINGTON – Two U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq in February were killed by friendly fire, according to a military investigation that blamed poor training and planning. Pvt. Matthew Zeimer, 18, of Glendive, Mont., and Spc. Alan E. McPeek, 20, of Tucson, Ariz., were killed at an Army outpost in Ramadi, in western Iraq, on Feb. 2. The families of the two soldiers initially were told the men were killed by enemy fire. In response to a Freedom of Information request by The Associated Press, the military released its subsequent investigation into the deaths. The soldiers’ families were told in March that the soldiers may have been killed by their comrades. The investigation found that the two were killed by tank fire from a second Army outpost after insurgents engaged both outposts from numerous locations. The tank gunner and commander thought they were taking on the enemy position, the investigation concluded. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Chelsea F.C. get Alvaro Morata boost ahead of Southampton clash

first_imgAlvaro Morata has returned to training after recovering from a back problem giving third-placed Chelsea a much-needed boost ahead of Southampton clash on Saturday.Manager Antonio Conte expects his first-choice striker to shake off the lingering back pain to be ready for Saturday’s clash against 11th-placed Southampton.Morata has been in superb form this year scoring nine goals from 15 league appearances for Chelsea.”He trained with us two days ago and today. He has this pain in his back but he is in contention for tomorrow’s game,” Conte told a news conference on Friday.Morata has hit the ground running since moving to London from Real Madrid in the close season and has been viewing videos of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba in an effort to make a bigger impact.”I think he (Drogba) is more powerful but don’t forget Alvaro has a lot of space for improvement. He is strong physically, he is a technical player and I see a great future for him.”Conte said defender David Luiz’s knee injury is “serious” and added that the player would be assessed on a day-to-day basis with no definite timeline for a return to action.Luiz was dropped for Chelsea’s league matches against Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool before suffering the injury that has kept him out of the last four league games.”David has a big inflammation in his knee and we are trying to solve the situation with the doctor. It is important to assess the situation day by day and solve this problem. I don’t know when he is able to come back,” Conte said.advertisement”The player is working apart (from the team). In the last few days he was out to work in the pool. Today I saw him on the pitch to try to run a bit but very slow.”last_img read more