Sunday Express - Sun 23 Dec 2001 - Page 2

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They hit first, say 'blunder' generals

US military chiefs defend bombing that killed Afghan allies Tim Shipman.

'Death ships' alert at sea

The alert comes after anti-terrorist officers searched the cargo of the MV Nisha off the Isle of Wight after a tip-off it was carrying biological weapons or explosives.

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1 2 27 27 3 2 AMERICAN military chiefs were last night fighting to defend themselves against new claims they carried out the worst "friendly-fire" assault of the Afghan war. Villagers at the scene of a seven hour-long US blitz on Friday told how a convoy of tribal leaders sympathetic to the West were killed instead of supporters of Osama Bin Laden. The first independent reports of the attack by US gunships and naval aircraft reveal that as well as killing up to 65 people, the bombardment flattened a mosque, destroyed 15 vehicles and another ten buildings. "The people who got hit were going to congratulate Karzai on Supplied by the PA WeatherCentre TODAY 'S OUTLOOK Weather Check: 0901 566 5054 (Calls cost 60p/min) Scotland and Northern Ireland will be cloudy with rain at times, accompanied by strong west to north-westerly winds. Max temp 5-8C (41-46F).

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