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    Question US troops open fire on Canadian diplomats in Iraq

    Feb. 1, 2006. 06:21 AM
    BETH GORHAM
    CANADIAN PRESS


    WASHINGTON Four Canadian diplomats, including the charge d'affaires to Iraq, escaped injury Tuesday when their vehicle was shot at in Baghdad by U.S. soldiers.

    "We are aware of this incident and the American and Canadian authorities are looking into it," said a spokeswoman at the Canadian Embassy in neighbouring Jordan, who declined to be identified further in line with embassy policy.

    She said all four, including charge d'affaires Stewart Henderson, were travelling in one vehicle.

    The vehicle came under friendly fire after it apparently attempted to pass an American convoy, said U.S. Lt.-Col. Barry Johnson, spokesman for the multinational force in Iraq.

    Johnson said the troops were driving within the heavily fortified Green Zone when they signalled to a convoy of cars approaching them to stop.

    "But the convoy continued to approach and failed to stop, and the soldiers fired warning rounds at the front of the vehicles, resulting in no injuries," Johnson said.

    "After checking, it was found that the vehicles belonged to the Canadian Embassy."

    If vehicles fail to respond to hand signals followed by warning shots, "shots may be fired at the vehicle," he said.

    He also noted that military convoys carry markings warning that the common procedure is not to pass, a precaution against suicide bombers.

    Canadian and U.S. officials are investigating.

    "It's certainly under review, to see what procedures, what steps were taken and who made a mistake, to make sure this wouldn't happen again," said Johnson.

    CTV News said the Canadian vehicle was travelling en route from the British legation to Canada's quarters in Baghdad, when it attempted to pass the U.S. convoy on the road ahead and failed to respond to American troops.

    The troops first tried hand signals, which didn't cause the car to stop, CTV said, and then shot over the vehicle, and then fired two shots into the engine block and a third into the lower front windshield.

    None of the four passengers or its driver were injured.

    The incident happened in what's known as the Green Zone, a heavily fortified area in the centre of Baghdad where coalition and Iraqi government offices are located.
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    Very interesting, and pretty much the usual.. US troops fire on people, say they were fired on first.. turns out it's never the case...

    Canada disputes story of U.S. shooting
    American troops fired on diplomats
    No warning in Iraq incident: Sources
    Feb. 2, 2006. 05:08 AM
    MICHELLE SHEPHARD AND MITCH POTTER
    IN TORONTO


    Canadian officials say inexperienced American soldiers panicked and opened fire on a vehicle carrying four Canadians in Iraq, disputing the U.S. military's claim the convoy was hit because warning signals were ignored.

    An investigation is underway to determine what precipitated what was nearly a "friendly fire" tragedy Tuesday inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.

    The U.S. military released a statement after the shooting saying the Canadians' vehicle failed to stop after they were warned with hand signals and a round of warning shots in front of the vehicle.

    The four Canadians — chargé d'affaires in Iraq Stewart Henderson, consular official Michelle Cameron, an agent with Canada's spy service and another official — narrowly escaped injury in the attack on their unarmoured vehicle.

    Yesterday, a different version of events emerged.

    "Let's just say we don't confirm the American version. I'll give you a hint. The Americans just did a rotation of their military personnel inside the Green Zone. We can draw all of our conclusions from there," a Canadian diplomatic source familiar with the incident told the Toronto Star.

    Cameron told CTV News that the Canadian convoy was keeping a good distance and that no one in her vehicle saw any hand signals from the Americans to indicate they were too close. She also said the three shots fired were not a warning and that one of the bullets went right through the windshield and narrowly missed a passenger.

    "How many warning shots go across a vehicle into the passenger compartment?" Cameron asked yesterday.

    Another source familiar with the case told the Star that after the shooting Henderson was taken away from the vehicle while the other three occupants were interviewed.

    It's believed the Canadians had just left a meeting with British officials and were travelling along a well-worn route within the Green Zone.

    The most infamous "friendly fire" episode involving the U.S. military and Canadians occurred in Afghanistan on April 18, 2003. Four Canadian soldiers died when a U.S. fighter pilot mistakenly dropped a bomb on them.

    Prime minister-designate Stephen Harper told reporters in Ottawa that Gen. Rick Hillier, the chief of defence staff, expressed Canada's concern about Tuesday's incident and the conflicting stories.

    "Our officials are clear that they were operating within the rules," Harper said, adding the U.S. ambassador had expressed his regrets over the incident.

    Canada does not have an embassy in Iraq, but diplomatic officials regularly travel from Jordan to Iraq to stay in Baghdad's Green Zone, home to the majority of foreign officials and the U.S. military.

    In the last two months, additional diplomats and RCMP investigators have travelled to Iraq to help in the search for two Canadian Christian peace activists who were kidnapped in November.

    If Canadians travel outside the sealed Green Zone, they are required to go in armoured vehicles, but diplomats just use cars within the secure area.

    In another development, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told Britons yesterday to expect "good news" this year about the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

    "(We are in) active discussions about how we draw down our troops on a province-by-province basis as we and the Iraqi government are convinced that it is safe for them and for us to do so," Straw told BBC Radio.


    Britain has about 8,000 troops in Iraq.
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    Johnson said the troops were driving within the heavily fortified Green Zone when they signalled to a convoy of cars approaching them to stop.

    "But the convoy continued to approach and failed to stop, and the soldiers fired warning rounds at the front of the vehicles, resulting in no injuries," Johnson said.
    This is becoming part of a dreary, rehearsed pattern on their part.

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    Default Re: US troops open fire on Canadian diplomats in Iraq

    Well.. at least they weren't jacked up on NO-DOZE, and dropping bombs on the canucks this time around..
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