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An Army investigation into a possible friendly fire incident
involving U.S. Army units in Ramadi, Iraq, was carried out under the
auspices of the commander of one of the tank brigades involved, Col.
Sean MacFarland. On Dec. 4, 2006, MacFarland was the commander of the
1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, which was in Ramadi supporting the
infantry. Just before 4:30 in the afternoon, one of MacFarland’s tanks
allegedly fired a shell into a position occupied by troops of 2nd
Platoon, D Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry of the U.S. Army. Two
American soldiers, Pfc. Albert Nelson and Pfc. Roger Suarez-Gonzalez,
died.On Dec. 5, MacFarland initiated what is called a 15-6
investigation, a relatively informal procedure typically carried out by a
single officer investigating soldiers in his own unit who reports his
results to the unit commander. Salon obtained a copy of the 15-6
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