The Fog Of War
March 22, 2011 3:51 PM Subscribe
Libya: Six injured as US team botches rescue of downed airmen.
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'US forces sent into Libya to rescue two downed American airmen botched the mission by shooting and wounding friendly villagers who had come to help, witnesses have said. Libyans who went to investigate the US warplane's crash site said that a US helicopter had come in with guns firing, creating panic and wounding onlookers, some of whom had to be taken to hospital; one 20-year-old man is expected to have his leg amputated.'
'The villagers said they had been searching for the plane's missing airmen to welcome them and help them.
A member of the Libyan rebel forces at the site of the crash, Omar Sayid, a colonel of the military police, told Channel Four News: "We are disturbed about the shooting, because if they'd given us a chance we would have handed over both pilots. This shooting created panic."'
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'"Mohamed, the rebel spokesman, said the American and Western forces have not hit the Qaddafi forces surrounding the city since the first air strikes four nights ago. Told that an American general had mentioned the siege of Misurata, Mohamed called the potential for another strike “a life saving event.”
A doctor at the Misrata medical center the hospital is running out of drugs, relying on water tanks, and dependent on a single generator. “The no-fly zone for me means nothing,” he said. “It didn’t protect civilians.”'