, also called "amicide" "fratricide," or "blue on blue," has been a constant problem in warfare since the beginning of recorded time.
However tragic, the aerial attack that left the 27 American soldiers dead by friendly fire
is remembered in history as a strategic success.
But an ex-SAS Captain, who served in the 1991 Gulf War, said: "The biggest danger our boys will face is friendly fire
CL: I wanted to go back for a moment to the casualties of friendly fire
Improving situational awareness for our fighter pilots helps reduce friendly fire
(Photo: BAE Systems)
The latest investigation comes after details of several friendly fire
incidents in Afghanistan were published on whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.
However, local papers often obtain information directly from family members, exposing death by vehicle accident, friendly fire
, illness or suicide.
America has repeatedly refused to send personnel involved in friendly fire
deaths to UK inquests.
In a short but hard-hitting report, the public accounts committee said the Ministry of Defence had "failed to develop viable combat identification solutions to counter the risks of friendly fire
incidents, despite their devastating effects.
Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Tootle said: "Given the dynamics of close-quarter combat that we experienced in Afghanistan, there is always the possibility of casualties caused by friendly fire
In another heated firefight, Afghan authorities launched their own friendly fire
investigation to determine the cause of death of six Afghan police officers and a teenager.
One deputy was struck by friendly fire
, as were at least five homes.