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GUEST,Penny S. (elsewhere) BS: 'Collateral Damage' (36) RE: BS: 'Collateral Damage' 24 Mar 03

Susan, yesterday, after a lot of varied interpretations of what happened, the story about Terry Lloyd settled down to this. The two TV jeeps were on their way back to Allied lines because of the Iraqi activity. They saw a group of Iraqis, and some had the impression they wanted to surrender. The TV group drove on, and they then realised that the Iraqis had joined in convoy behind them. There were two Iraqi vehicles, one of which was a lorry with soldiers clearly visible. It appears that a group of Allied troops, (first report said, very carefully, "the shots came from an area where there were British troops") saw the four vehicles and deduced from the presence of the soldiers that all were armed Iraqis. The reporters were not "with" the Iraqis, rather than the Iraqis being with them. Although the jeeps were clearly marked TV, it may not have been clear enough from the distance. I don't think it right to suggest that they shouldn't have been "with" the Iraqis - the reporter I heard telling this implied that they were concerned about it, but had no option to get away from them - but it does seem a bit more of an understandable mistake than some other blue-on-blue deaths.


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