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7 Old Iraq war footage as 18 die when US plane bombs Kurdish convoy in worst 'friendly fire' incident
4/2003-18 die as US plane bombs Kurdish convoy in worst 'friendly fire' incident. I do not think this was ever on Ogrish. American warplane bombed a Kurdish convoy travelling with US special forces, killing at least 18 people.Several people were critically injured, including the commander of the special forces of the peshmerga Kurdish fighters, Wajih Barzani, the brother of Masoud Barzani, leader of the Kurdistan Democratic party (KDP). The F-16 plane, which had been trying to destroy an Iraqi tank, dropped a bomb directly on the convoy, which was on its way to a town recently captured by Kurdish forces. The bomb fell only meters from where the BBC world affairs editor John Simpson, who was travelling with the US military, was standing. The result, as Simpson put it, was a "scene from hell". At least 10 bodies lay strewn around the burning wreckage. The BBC's translator, Kamran Abdurazaq Mohammed, was killed. The corporation's driver lost a leg. The rest of the BBC team survived with minor injuries, although Simpson later revealed that he had found a large lump of shrapnel embedded in his flak jacket. "Well, it's a bit of a disaster," he said immediately afterwards. "It was an American plane that dropped the bomb right beside us. I saw it land about 10 feet, 12 feet away, I think."This is just a scene from hell here. All the vehicles are on fire. There are bodies burning around me, there are bodies lying around, there are bits of bodies on the ground. This is a really bad own goal by the Americans."Last night US central command in Qatar confirmed that the incident had occurred, around 30 miles south-east of the city of Mosul, close to where the Iraqi army had just retreated. Central command insisted that the death toll was more modest. Early reports indicated that one civilian had been killed and six injured, officers said. Last night, however, there was little doubt that the incident was the worst blunder so far in a war that has been blighted by a string of embarrassing "friendly fire" episodes by US forces.