Hostile Fire

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Hostile Fire

In insurance law, a combustion that cannot be controlled, that escapes from where it was initially set and confined, or one that was not intended to exist.

A hostile fire differs from a friendly fire, which burns in a place where it was intended to burn, such as one confined to a fireplace or furnace.

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See also Frank, Unfriendly Fire, 147; Sarah Lyall, "Gay Britons Serve in Military with Little Fuss, as Predicted Discord Does Not Occur," New York Times, 21 May 2007; Craig Jones (lieutenant commander, Royal Navy, retired), interview by the author, 19 January 2010; and "Gays in the Military: The UK and US Compared," BBC News, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8493888.stm (accessed 14 February 2010).
As Nathaniel Frank points out in Unfriendly Fire, gay men and lesbians have a long history in the military and continue to serve today.
Nathaniel Frank, the author of Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America, doesn't blame Clinton for the mess he made, although Frank does mourn what might have been: a new day in which gays could serve openly, albeit with the same restrictions against on-duty hanky-panky that all soldiers must accept.
The squad-based gameplay is a real challenge and it's often hard to remember you're not just looking after number one when you're up to your eyeballs in unfriendly fire! The co-operative multiplayer mode is also a joy to play.
We can picture dollar bills going up in flames in Molly Brown's stove (a friendly or unfriendly fire?) or Harry Potter's gold being stolen from the family vault in Gringott's bank (assuming it is taken by ordinary physical means).