Don't know if many of you have seen how pissed of the British troops are at the Americans after the latest incident when a A-10 made 2 runs at a
clearly marked British convoy, killing one and injuring three.
"One of the survivors criticised the US pilot for showing "no regard for human life" and accused him of being "a cowboy" who had "gone out on a
Nursing shrapnel wounds and burns, the three injured soldiers, Lieutenant Alex MacEwen, 25, Lance Corporal of Horse Steven Gerrard, 33, and Trooper
Chris Finney, 18, spoke of their bewilderment and anger.
"They said the US pilot apparently failed to recognise that their tanks were a British make, with special coalition identification aids and even a
large Union flag on another machine in the five-vehicle convoy."
Lance Corporal Gerrard said:
"All this kit has been provided by the Americans. They've said if you put this kit on you won't get shot. "
"You've got an A-10 with advanced technology and he can't use a thermal sight to identify whether a tank is a friend or foe. It's ridiculous.
Combat is what I've been trained for. I can command my vehicle. I can keep it from being attacked.
"What I have not been trained to do is look over my shoulder to see whether an American is shooting at me."
"For him to fire his weapons I believe he had to look through his magnified optics. How he could not see that Union Jack I don't know."
"He [the pilot] had absolutely no regard for human life. I believe he was a cowboy. He'd just gone out on a jolly."
He added: "I'm curious about what's going to happen to the pilot.
"He's killed one of my friends and he's killed him on the second run."
I've seen many other equally vitriolic statements from the Troops in other papers and news sources.
They are not happy.