a friendly fire incident

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Early dispatches included reports of American POWs being taken by Iraq, a friendly fire incident, and a U.S. soldier lobbing a grenade into the tent of one of his commanders.

What does it mean? Thanks! :snipersm:
 

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Friendly fire means that they were accidentally killed or hurt by soldiers on their own side.
 

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tdol said:
Friendly fire means that they were accidentally killed or hurt by soldiers on their own side.

Yes. I suspect that the expression was intended ironically from the beginning.

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tianshan said:
Early dispatches included reports of American POWs being taken by Iraq, a friendly fire incident, and a U.S. soldier lobbing a grenade into the tent of one of his commanders.

What does it mean? Thanks! :snipersm:
excuse me , what does "POW" stand for, Tianshan?
 

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Correction.

vvaann said:
excuse me , what does "POW" stand for, Tianshan?

Excuse me , what does "POW" stand for?

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vvaann said:
RonBee said:
Correction.

vvaann said:
excuse me , what does "POW" stand for, Tianshan?

Excuse me , what does "POW" stand for?

RonBee, thanks. Let's assume that i wanted to ask Tianshan only, what should my sentence be? I mean a polite expression.

So sorry. I didn't know you were directing that to Tianshan. <embarrassed> (All that sentence really needed was capitalization.) However, you can't really direct a question to one person only unless you send that person a private message. As you have seen, anybody can answer a question if he wants to. Also, if I post something in a thread the computer assumes that I want to know about any other postings in that thread.

Definitely, that question was asked politely.

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Dear RonBee,

I'm still a bit confused. I cannot think of a problem directing a question to a specific person regardless of whether others know the answer!

BTW, that's only the matter of making a sentence.
 

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vvaann said:
Dear RonBee,

I'm still a bit confused. I cannot think of a problem directing a question to a specific person regardless of whether others know the answer!

Sorry. I didn't mean to say there is a problem exactly.

On most forums, if you post something to somebody only that person gets an email notification. On this forum, if you post something in a thread everybody who has posted in that thread gets an email notification. There isn't really any such thing as posting a question "to" somebody.

There is no problem.

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