The Army is admitting the possibility that two U.S. soldiers, Pvt. Matthew Zeimer and Spc. Alan E. McPeek, were killed by friendly fire in the volatile Iraqi city of Ramadi on Feb. 2. An investigation is still underway, but an Army official says it’s possible that the “confusion that you frequently find on the battlefield” may have caused the soldiers to be shot by their own side.
According to published reports at the time of the incident, McPeek, Zeimer and other soldiers came under attack by insurgents at their outpost in central Ramadi.
A report in the Army Times newspaper said the two soldiers ran to a roof to fight back, but a shot was fired through a concrete wall near them and the impact killed them.