Hostile Fire

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Hostile Fire

A fire anywhere other than where it is controlled. Fires that spread from the fireplace to the carpet or from a bonfire to the pasture are both examples of hostile fire. Insurance covers damage caused by hostile fire. Hostile fire is also called unfriendly fire.
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Barbra Streisand's movie about a widow's campaign against handgun violence drew unfriendly fire from staunch NRA activist Charlton Heston.
As a work of scholarship, Unfriendly Fire is a definitive addition to Allan Berube's Coming Out Under Fire and Randy Shilts's Conduct Unbecoming, which both focused on the era before "don't ask, don't tell," when gay soldiers were simply barred without any epistemological baggage.
In the Gulf War, more British soldiers were killed by American "friendly fire" than were killed by Iraqi unfriendly fire.