Forces me to read the rest of the article with a free account.
This is a Medium thing. Typically, deleting their cookies helps.
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It was a weapon system designed to shoot down incoming missiles or aircraft. It failed, and 28 soldiers and like 100 other folks (probably civilians) got killed or injured.
Don’t be an asshole.
The incident in question was at a US Army barracks, and the deaths were soldiers. Patriot missiles have also been used to shoot down manned aircraft. But your point is taken, and it detracts from the substance of the article, so I’ll delete.