The US authorities conducted an extremely thorough investigation of the events surrounding this tragic event, and their findings were published in full on 13 July. Two senior British officials, one legal and one military, played a full part in the inquiry and the next of kin of the two British officers were briefed in advance of publication by the US authorities.
Of course, whether those found to be responsible are prosecuted is a matter for the US authorities, but we have no reason to believe that they will not proceed with the same thoroughness and candour that they have shown to date.
It is important also to realise that ex-gratia payments of the nature being offered by the US authorities are not required by law and are extremely rare. The US Defense Secretary's decision is a humanitarian action and should be welcomed as such. Payments of dollars 100,000 are being offered only to the relatives of all those non- US nationals killed on 13 July.
Minister of State for
the Armed Forces
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