posted on May, 2 2004 @ 07:25 PM
More extensive analysis of the photos:
The rifle: The gun in the photo is an SA80 Mark One which is no longer used because it was prone to malfunction.
All British soldiers currently serving in Iraq were issued with a Mark Two, or A2, version...
...The same sources pointed out that the rifle is also missing a "press to talk" switch on the butt.
The boot: It is traditional for soldiers to tie their laces in a parallel fashion rather than the criss-cross pattern shown in the pictures...
The hat: soldiers in the regiment are only allowed to wear berets or helmets while on duty.
All soldiers in Iraq were issued with the hats; whether soldiers were allowed to wear them was up to the commanding officer of each regiment, but such
an item would be among their "desert kit".
The truck: Trucks like the one the photos were taken in had not been deployed in combat zones for years.
The truck also looked to clean to be in service in Iraq.
The victim: Colonel Bob Stewart, who commanded British forces in the Balkans, told the BBC: "The shirt looks like a football shirt. Is that the sort
of shirt that a captive might be wearing, slightly silky with an Iraq flag [on it]? Why is it not dirty and dishevelled, why is the man not showing
some signs of damage after eight hours of beatings?"
The uniform: They say it's unusual for a soldier to have pockets unbuttoned or webbing undone as ammo or rations can fall out.
"They tell each other off for things like that. It's basic soldierly discipline. Soldiers haven't many responsibilities but they do have total
responsibility for their own gear."
The photographs: The photos are too sharp and clear and are black and white.