But in two sets of e-mail messages leaked later to British news organizations, mid-ranking officers voiced serious complaints. One of the officers, Major Jon Swift, said in a message from Afghanistan, "The scale of casualties has not been properly reported and shows no sign of reducing."In another article there were discussions of the Brits having to borrow ammo from the Canadians. When you have to borrow ammo from the Canadians.....
His comments were posted on a regimental Web site, but were quickly withdrawn, the Press Association news agency reported.
Later, several British broadcasters quoted from an e-mail message ritten by Major James Loden. "The RAF have been utterly, utterly useless," Loden was quoted as having said, referring to two instances involving Harrier warplanes during close ground combat.
"A female Harrier pilot 'couldn't identify the target,' fired two phosphorous rockets that just missed our own compound so that we thought they were incoming RPGs, and then strafed our perimeter, missing the enemy by 200 meters," he wrote, according to British news reports. An RPG is a rocket-propelled grenade.
In contrast to the Royal Air Force, Loden said, the U.S. Air Force had been "fantastic."
I would love to be a fly on the wall during his next FITREP debrief.