Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Guess They Should Have Stopped

U.S. troops shoot at Cdn. diplomats' car in Iraq

CTV News has learned Canadian diplomats -- including the charge d'affaires in Iraq -- had a close call in Baghdad on Tuesday, coming under friendly fire from U.S. troops.

The soldiers opened fire on the vehicle after it reportedly wouldn't stop, apparently fearing a suicide car bombing.

None of the four passengers in the car -- which included Stewart Henderson, Canada's charge d'affaires in Iraq -- or its driver were injured.

CTV's Tom Clark, reporting from Washington, said official details from the Canadian government are sketchy.

But it appears from U.S. military and government sources in Washington and Iraq that the Canadian vehicle was travelling alone while a U.S. military convoy was on the road.

The car was travelling from the British residence to the Canadian one, "and as they were going along the road, so we're told, they came across an American military convoy," Clark said.

"They then tried to pass the convoy. This of course gives them the profile to soldiers of being suicide car bombers," he said. - More @ CTV


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