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friendly fire

This page is about the doublespeak term friendly fire


bullets or bombs from one's own side that kill or injure one's own people

For example

  • Why are so many of our soldiers killed by friendly fire?

  • They said our son was lost due to friendly fire, but they wouldn't say how it happened.

Can refer to anything from one death or injury caused by an inaccurate gunshot to dozens of deaths and injuries caused by a bomb or missile strike that mistakenly targets one's own forces instead of enemy forces.

Quick Quiz

A soldier who's killed by friendly fire is shot or bombed

a. on purpose

b. accidentally

c. as punishment

Contributor: Matt Errey