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Anger at US over inquests.

The mother of a North-East soldier killed in "friendly fire" during the first Gulf War backed Government demands last night for American troops to answer for their mistakes on the battlefield.

Justice Minister Harriet Harman summoned America's deputy ambassador David Johnson to explain why his country's soldiers had not turned up at inquests into the deaths of British servicemen.

Anne Leech, from Prudhoe, Northumberland, the mother of Kevin Leech, one of nine British soldiers killed in such an incident in the first Gulf War, welcomed the move.

Oxfordshire coroner Andrew Walker has objected to the failure of US servicemen to attend inquests, including that of ITN reporter Terry Lloyd.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2006
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