Wednesday, March 23, 2011

US military denies shooting incident occurred during pilot rescue

US officials insisted that rescue crews did not fire their weapons when retrieving the pilot, contesting media reports that a squad of Marines came in with "all guns blazing" and wounding several civilians.
Military commanders decided to dispatch four US Marine Harriers from the USS Kearsarge, off the Libyan coast, when they spotted armoured vehicles approaching the location where the pilot landed.

The Harrier pilots dropped two 500lb bombs on the vehicles.

So, it would appear that the initial reports were false, perhaps from Gaddafi's propaganda division. This sort of thing is why I usually avoid commenting on military actions.