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WAR: Hundreds Of Iraqi's Protest Against British Troops In Basra

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posted on Sep, 21 2005 @ 06:49 PM
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Angry protests have been staged by hundreds of Iraqi's including uniformed police in Basra against British Troops. The protests began after a jail in the town was stormed and two British soldeier were freed. It is believed the two troops were captured in Arab style clothing and acting suspiciously. Some of the protesters banners stated "We condemn the illegal actions of British troops" and chants were heard "No No to the occupier".
 



www.abc.net.au
Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari sought to play down the "regrettable incident", telling reporters in London it "will not affect our relations with Britain".

"What I would like to stress is that at this time when there are forces in Basra and all over Iraq, such things are expected to happen," Mr Jaafari told reporters.

British Defence Secretary John Reid pledged Britain would stay in Iraq despite the row over the arrest of the soldiers and a number of deadly attacks on British troops recently.

"There has not been a fundamental breakdown in trust between the British Government and the Iraqi Government," he said, while defending the use of force to free the Britons.

"There has been an incident in which we took action to safeguard our soldiers, and that is to be investigated by the Iraqis and by our Special Investigation Branch," he said, adding: "I stand by the actions taken".




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Incidents like this one do not help the allied war effort in any way. It is still conjecture exactly what went on with the troops but it seems the general public in the area including local police are none to happy with the goings on by troops and the allied administration.




posted on Sep, 21 2005 @ 09:48 PM
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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.


If you British, then Basra is not the most popular place on your tourism agenda at present.



posted on Sep, 21 2005 @ 10:27 PM
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No, apparently not. But the Iraqis seem to easily led by religious zealouts etc into railing against the Allies.

Whilst the reasons for war were bunk, we are there now and too pull out would mean an even bigger poostorm for the Iraqi's.

Do they not think what would happen if we just upped and left, now? they would only moan again and target us in revenge, when in all honesty, now we are there, we are all that is stopping them slipping into Anarchy.



posted on Sep, 21 2005 @ 11:35 PM
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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.



posted on Sep, 21 2005 @ 11:42 PM
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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.


Thats bollocks..Try reading the facts before spouting this rubbish.



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