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Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra: Why did undercover agents have anti-tank missle?

by : Alaa Habib
Wednesday September 21, 2005 - 22:31
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by Alaa Habib

Iraq denounced British forces on Tuesday over a dramatic rescue of two undercover soldiers that could stoke hostility to the army in increasingly volatile southern Iraq.

British troops used an armored fighting vehicle on Monday to burst into an Iraqi jail in search of soldiers held by police in Basra. The British commander said he learned they had been handed to militia and ordered their rescue from a nearby house.

"It is a very unfortunate development that the British forces should try to release their forces the way it happened," Haider al-Ebadi, an adviser to Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, told a news conference in Baghdad.

The operation followed rioting that began, according to police and local officials, when the two men fired on a police patrol. At least two Iraqis were killed in the violence.

Southern Iraq is home to several Shi’ite militias, including one loyal to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who fiercely opposes the presence of foreign troops and has led uprisings against the U.S. military.

Iraqis say the heavily-armed militias act with impunity and are not answerable to the central government.

Tensions in Basra had risen on Sunday when British forces arrested two leading members of Sadr’s Mehdi Army militia.

The tough British response will further strain ties between Iraqis and British troops, who had maintained relatively good relations with the Shi’ite population of Basra by pursuing a low-profile security policy, unlike their U.S. allies elsewhere.

Iraqi television on Tuesday showed footage of the two soldiers, unshaven and looking nervous as Iraqi police looked over wigs, Arab headresses, an anti-tank missile and communications equipment, all apparently used in their mission.

The images of the pair seemed sure to fuel suspicions by militias in Basra and elsewhere who believe foreign troops are on a secret mission to exploit Iraq.

Unrest in the Shi’ite south, home to Iraq’s biggest oil reserves, would pile pressure on the Iraqi government, which is already fighting a Sunni Arab insurgency further north.

"It is unappropriate for any Iraqi to be insulted by a British or an American or any other occupier, we reject the occupying forces," said Abbas Jassim.

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"The British violated the government, police and the sons of this country, which we all reject."

British forces said the soldiers were in danger.

"From an early stage I had good reason to believe the lives of the two soldiers were at risk," Brigadier John Lorimer, the British commander in Basra, said in a statement.

SUSPICIOUS Behavior

Ebadi said Iraqi security forces were justified in detaining the pair.

"They were acting very suspiciously like they were watching something and collecting information in civilian clothes in these tense times," he said.

The raid could boost the popularity of Shi’ite cleric Sadr, who can mobilize thousands of supporters quickly.

"What the two Britons did was literally international terrorism," Ali al-Yassiri, an aide to Sadr, told Reuters.

"If the British had condemned this, it would have calmed the situation but instead they came and demanded them back which sets a dangerous precedent."

Britain, which has 8,500 troops in Iraq, said on Sunday it would send more if necessary. British soldiers have not drawn as much fury as their U.S. allies, but Iraqi police vented their anger in Basra as they inspected damage from the British raid.

"Four tanks invaded the area. A tank cannon struck a room where a policeman was praying," said policeman Abbas Hassan, standing next to mangled cars outside the police station and jail that he said were crushed by British military vehicles.

"This is terrorism. All we had was rifles."

British Defense Secretary John Reid said the two soldiers were freed when negotiations appeared blocked.

"In the course of the day we became increasingly worried that those people in there to negotiate with the police seemed to be having no success in getting our men out.

Reid said it was not clear whether the Iraqi police were under threat themselves or colluding with local militia.

Lorimer said troops had been sent to the police station where the two men had been detained to help ensure their safety.

"As shown on television, these troops were attacked with firebombs and rockets by a violent and determined crowd."

Violence continued in the area controlled by U.S. forces.

Four U.S. soldiers were killed by roadside bombs, the U.S. military said on Tuesday, bringing the number of American soldiers killed since the March 2003 invasion of Iraq to 1,906. BASRA, Iraq (Reuters)

(Additional reporting by Matthew Jones in London and Mussab al-Khairalla)

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> Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra: Why did undercover agents have anti-tank missle?
Wednesday September 21 - 23:56 - Posted by d93067e72b75c435...

It remains no secret, rogue states like Britain and America with colonial behavior creating their own demand for terrorists. If the resistance of Iraq remains to silent, American and British mercenaries
jump in to fill the gap.
Disgusting! The BBC comment: ...it shows that the Iraqis can not take care of themselves for a long time. The British colonialism is back and their is no Adolf Hitler in sight to punish them (during the second world war Britain lost all its exploitation resources).




> Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra: Why did undercover agents have anti-tank missle?
Thursday September 22 - 00:07 - Posted by bd48d64c07e155f5...

It appears that the so-called "training ground for terrorists" that Iraq has supposedly become is in fact the playing field for coalition black ops teams engaging in false flag operations whose purpose can only be the continued fomenting of civil war between the already fractious population of Shia and Sunni Iraqis. This is truly the Devil’s own work.




> Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra: Why did undercover agents have anti-tank missle?
Thursday September 22 - 11:40 - Posted by 0282dbfb3e925779...

US and British state sponsored terrorism. WAKE UP Just like 9-11 was a government inside job. Anyone with half a brain can see that. Bush and the Neo natzis are traitors to America. The UGLY truth is that this scum that is running this government is only the tip of the iceberge. The global elite ie Rockerfeller, Duponts, Harrimen, Rothchilds and there ilk are the real terrorist and have been for generations. Democrats have not said shit because they are just as guilty and just as corupt and controlled by these facist global elite inbred families. We don’t live in a democracy, never have. They give the illusion of a democracy with hegelism the left right delemia. www.infowars.com www.reopen911.org




> Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra: Why did undercover agents have anti-tank missle?
Friday September 23 - 05:09 - Posted by d93067e72b75c435...

What in the hell were two British undercover covert military men doing dressed as Arabs and shooting at the Iraqi police? I have not heard one explaination by the British government what was going on.........these people were caught red handed trying to pretend to be "insurgents" what a mess this whole criminal war is and the crooks involved. I hope the Iraqis eradicate all of these British and American scumbag troops. The world needs some justice, where is the Soviet Union now that they are needed more than ever before???



> Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra: Why did undercover agents have anti-tank missle?
Wednesday September 28 - 15:26 - Posted by 6532c17c900f57d0...

I realize I’m going way out on a limb here, but the British agents may have been planning to use the anti-tack missile to kill bad guys.

Two days ago, jihadists dressed in Iraqi police uniforms pulled over a van carrying half a dozen Shi’ite school teachers. They were removed from the van and summarily executed. I know, I know, nobody cares, not when we’ve got US Army hazing of jihadists at Abu Ghraib to drone on and on and on and on and on about—just thought I’d mention it.




> Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra: Why did undercover agents have anti-tank missle?
Thursday September 29 - 00:18 - Posted by 840fe0fecaeb3046...

I have not come across photos of the capturerd amo in any of the news. They are missing from the ABC news article attached. Where did you find them?




> Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra: Why did undercover agents have anti-tank missle?
Thursday October 6 - 06:10 - Posted by 13a220af5aab1617...

Its all coming together now.....I CAN CLEARLY SEE IT NOW!! AS LONG AS AMERICA/BRITAIN KEEP THE MIDDLE EAST IN TURMOIL, they can continue to keep the Islamic world oppressed and weak......VERY CLEVER.....Just make sure not to get caught like you did with these two brithish agents in the future

By the way...good job cleaning up the evidence...but try to do it a little more quietly because blowing down prison walls to save OUR secret undercover disguised agents wasnt the best way not to catch attention....

Keep up the good work......




> Iraq denounces British rescue in Basra: Why did undercover agents have anti-tank missle?
Wednesday March 14 - 14:54 - Posted by 172d42f166939855...

US and UK are now just like "the always drunk neighbour" which put our children in danger and threaten them every day. Nothing and nobody, not even the time will erase those attributes pasted on their backs. It’s a matter of time to get rid of them and live happily and in peace in the world.






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