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The Iraqi government has launched an inquiry into events surrounding the arrest of the British soldiers on Monday, both thought to be members of the SAS elite special forces.
Iraq's interior ministry ordered the police force in the southern city of Basra to release the soldiers - but that order was ignored.
The British Army confirmed the troops had been handed over by police to a Shia militia group.
“A few days ago, an American manned check point confiscated the driver license of a driver and told him to report to an American military camp near Baghdad airport for interrogation and in order to retrieve his license. The next day, the driver did visit the camp and he was allowed in the camp with his car. He was admitted to a room for an interrogation that lasted half an hour. At the end of the session, the American interrogator told him: ‘OK, there is nothing against you, but you do know that Iraq is now sovereign and is in charge of its own affairs. Hence, we have forwarded your papers and license to al-Kadhimia police station for processing. Therefore, go there with this clearance to reclaim your license. At the police station, ask for Lt. Hussain Mohammed who is waiting for you now. Go there now quickly, before he leaves his shift work”.
The driver did leave in a hurry, but was soon alarmed with a feeling that his car was driving as if carrying a heavy load, and he also became suspicious of a low flying helicopter that kept hovering overhead, as if trailing him. He stopped the car and inspected it carefully. He found nearly 100 kilograms of explosives hidden in the back seat and along the two back doors.
The only feasible explanation for this incidence is that the car was indeed booby trapped by the Americans and intended for the al-Khadimiya Shiite district of Baghdad. The helicopter was monitoring his movement and witnessing the anticipated “hideous attack by foreign elements”.
The same scenario was repeated in Mosul, in the north of Iraq. A car was confiscated along with the driver’s license. He did follow up on the matter and finally reclaimed his car but was told to go to a police station to reclaim his license. Fortunately for him, the car broke down on the way to the police station. The inspecting car mechanic discovered that the spare tire was fully laden with explosives."
Originally posted by deltaboy
u can read the whole article. im goin to bed. hope this helps ya.
Originally posted by deltaboy
o yeah very good source Arch, very reliable unbias source that tells it all. makes u wonder if its making this up because they dont believe Sunni Muslims would commit such crimes against their own Muslim brothers and sisters even though we have seen in the past of rivarly between Sunnis and Shiites.
Originally posted by Nygdan
Personally I think this was an intel operation gone bad.
Originally posted by Souljah
Originally posted by cargo
Syrian Sister, I would post a multitude of photos of dead Iraqi insurgents dressed in blue jeans, white Nikes, and a variety of coloured jackets (covering there ammunition pouches) if it wasn't against TOS to display such pictures.
I have also seen an Iraqi insurgent kneeling in the middle of the road aiming an RPG at Coalition forces (you cant see which country it was) who gets shot through the head. He was wearing a white shirt if I remember correctly. Definately no black.
I am on the fence a lot here. I see things both positive and abhorant from both sides. But in this instance, you shouldn't be too sure of yourself.
So - it's allright for British Soldiers dress as Arabs to mix among population, but it's not allright for the Iraqi Insurgents to do that?
I thought only "Terrorist Savages" use civilan clothing to mix among population?
Are you saying that British Soldiers are also "Terrorist Savages"?
That's the same Double Standard Rule as it is in Prison Camps, such as Abu Gharib:
It was NOT okey for Saddam to torture and rape and abuse prisoners - but it IS okey for the US to do that, since they are inprisoning nothing but "Terrorist Savages", right?
So, that's the Excuse used to Justify those Actions?
Hmmm, I wonder whats next...
“Why were these men dressed as Mehdi Army?” Sheikh Hassan said. “Why were they carrying explosives and where were they planning to detonate their bomb?
“What our police found in their car was very disturbing — weapons, explosives and a remote control detonator,” Sheikh Hassan said. “These are the weapons of terrorists. We believe these soldiers were planning an attack on a market or other civilian targets, and thanks be to god they were stopped and countless lives were saved.”
The car was also searched and mines (ready to be placed on roadside)
and arms were seized.
The two soldiers were using a civilian car packed with explosives, the source said.
They weren't AT the jail. They were at a SAFEHOUSE that was operated by the militia.
“The soldiers drove a tank into the police station and threatened to kill the police officers if they did not hand over the two terrorists,” Sheikh Hassan
said. “It is only then, to save any further loss of life, that the men were released.”
we don't know whether the police, for instance under threat of their own death, handed two soldiers over or what was the degree of collusion,"
UK denies storming Iraqi jail to free soldiers
When British officials apparently sought to secure their release, riots erupted. Iraqi police cars circulated downtown, calling through loudspeakers for the public to help stop British forces from releasing the two.