Families of soldiers killed fighting in Iraq asked Britain's most senior judges today to rule that they can bring damages claims against the government.
Relatives want the right to sue for negligence and to make claims under human rights legislation.
The Supreme Court is due to begin analysing arguments from lawyers representing relatives and counter-arguments from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) at a hearing in London, which is expected to last four days.
Families started legal action as a result of the deaths of a number of British soldiers following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Relatives say the MoD failed to provide armoured vehicles or equipment which could have saved lives, and should pay compensation.
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