Wife of UK soldier shown video of husband's death

March 12, 2007 13:30


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The widow of a British soldier killed in a "friendly fire" attack by US forces during the Iraq war was shown a cockpit video on Monday that captured the horrified reaction of the two American pilots who opened fire. Susan Hull, her lawyers and Oxfordshire Assistant Deputy Coroner Andrew Walker watched the video in private at a county hall in Oxford, where Walker is conducting an inquest into the death of Lance Cpl. Matty Hull. He was killed when his convoy was strafed by a US warplane in southern Iraq on March 28, 2003. Four others were wounded in the attack. Susan Hull was accompanied by relatives at the private screening, but it was not known if they had seen the footage, or portions of it, before. In an effort to speed up the inquest, Walker reluctantly agreed last month to a US request not to show it in open court. The Pentagon previously had said the video was classified and could not be shown, but changed its position after a copy of it was leaked to a British newspaper and widely shown on television.

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