Liability for "friendly fire"

[JURIST] The UK Ministry of Defense website on Operation Telic (the name of the UK operation in Iraq) [official website] carries this notice Sunday:

On 23 March, an RAF GR4 Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham, which was returning from an operational mission, was engaged near the Kuwaiti border by a Patriot missile battery. The next of kin have been informed. An investigation is underway. Further information will be forthcoming when it is available.
Procedures followed here will probably be similar to those followed in the wake of the Tarnak Farms incident in Afghanistan on April 17, 2002, where two United States Air Force F-16 aircraft released a 500 pound laser-guided bomb on Canadian ground forces engaged in live-fire training southwest of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Four Canadians were killed and eight wounded. Review the initial reports on the Tarnak Farms incident by US Central Command [summary of facts] and the Canadian Department of National Defense [Tarnak Farm Board of Inquiry website].

 

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