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Iraq / Helicopter Friendly Fire Incident #153215

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 14, 1994
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Reports introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Incident over the no-fly zone in northern Iraq in which American F-15s accidentally shot down two US Blackhawk helicopters featured. [Secretary of Defense William PERRY - says the helicopters were mistakenly identified as Iraqi helicopters.] [Former combat pilot Robert GASKIN, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman John SHALIKASHVILI, voice of European Command chief of staff Lieutenant General Richard KELLER - comment on identification issues.] The three crucial questions to be investigated outlined.

(White House: Brit Hume) The administration's support for the UN mission to protect the Kurds in northern Iraq despite this incident featured. [President CLINTON - offers prayers for those lost trying to save the life of others.] [Representative Newt GINGRICH - questions Clinton's defense commitments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Some recent examples of "friendly fire" incidents reviewed; scenes shown from February 1991, when US aircraft fired on armored personnel carriers in the Persian Gulf war; the October 1992 case in which the USS Saratoga accidentally fired on a Turkish destroyer and the July 1998 accidental firing by the USS Vincennes on an Iranian passenger plane.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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