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U.K. Asks U.S. For Information On Iraq Friendly Fire Incident

Beckett (left) with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at their joint press conference on February 6 (epa) February 6, 2007 -- Britain has asked the United States for information on a "friendly fire" incident in which U.S. warplanes in Iraq killed a British soldier in 2003.

Speaking in Jerusalem after British media showed clips of what they said
was a classified cockpit video recording from one of the planes
involved, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said: "All such events are tragic. Equally tragically, they occur in every conflict, and they are a cause of great sorrow and devastation to all the armed forces involved."

A coroner investigating Lance Corporal Matty Hull's death had earlier demanded the video be released and presented as evidence in the inquest, but British authorities said they did not have U.S. permission.

(Reuters, AP)

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