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THREE British soldiers recounted today how they could think about nothing other than dousing the flames and fleeing for their lives when angry mobs dropped firebombs into their armoured vehicle in Basra.
"My face was on fire," Sergeant George Long, 29, told The Times newspaper in southern Iraq.
"Petrol poured down behind me and into the back. Luckily I had goggles on. It was panic. You don't think about anything, you just want to put the flames out," Sgt Long was quoted as saying.
Sgt Long, Private Ryon Burton, 20 and Lance Corporal Jo McCann, 19, from the 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment, were pictured fleeing the vehicle as it burned but escaped without serious injuries.
However, the photos shocked Britons who had believed that their troops were operating in a safer area than their US counterparts and exposed tensions between the army and Shiite Muslims who had once hailed them as liberators.
Originally posted by crontab
British special forces got caught, pretending to be arabs, while shooting random people. The Iraqi police arrested them. The British came to bust them out of prison, and Iraqis rioted.
It appears the British were trying to provoke violence.