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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:50 AM
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Britain has apologized to Iraq for attempting to send two soldiers into Basra disguised as natives with military equipment including - according to some sources - bombs or bomb-making equipment.

The Scotsman reported: "Britain will pay compensation for injuries and damage caused during the storming by the army of a police station in Basra in the operation to release two SAS soldiers held by local Iraqi militia." The article added, "In a joint statement, the British Consulate General, representing the army, and the Provincial Council of Basra expressed 'regret' for the incidents on 19 September. 'We also regret the casualties on both sides and the material damage to public facilities,' the statement said. 'The British government is prepared to pay valid claims for compensation for casualties and material damage.'"

The text of the statement was also carried by Iranian Arabic language television news channel Al-Alam on 15 October as follows, "The British government has officially apologized to Iraq over the recent Basra events. A statement issued by the British consulate in Basra has said that London apologizes to the Iraqi people and government, Basra residents, city and province councils and the police force over mistakes made by the British. This comes after a British unit stormed Basra police station and used force to release two British soldiers arrested by Iraqi police for the charge of seeking to carry out sabotage acts and stirring sedition among the residents of the city."

www.informationclearinghouse posted a fairly dense and well-researched analysis of British actions around Basra suggesting tactics Britain had once used in Ireland could be finding application in Basra, as follows: Reliable evidence also emerged in late 2002 that the British army had been using its double agents in terrorist organizations 'to carry out proxy assassinations for the British state most notoriously in the case of Belfast solicitor and human rights activist Pat Finucane, who was murdered in 1989 by the Protestant Ulster Defence Association. It appears that the FRU passed on details about Finucane to a British soldier who had infiltrated the UDA; he in turn "supplied UDA murder teams with the information. ( ). Recent events in Basra have raised suspicions that the British army may have reactivated these same tactics in Iraq.
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:56 AM
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1. And an apology makes it all better? Crap, what kind of world are we
living in? For this to happen at all, in Ireland or Iraq, is a crime against humanity.
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FloridaPat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:57 AM
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2. So who exactly are all these car bombers? They apologized?
How about apologizing for the whole invasion! This is yet another proven war crime. Who are these people running the governments of the world? Are they even human? I had thought we had come a long way from Stalin and Hitler and the like. Time for a change in how countries are run for the benefit of the population and all of humanity and not the evil people that are so attracted to power.
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oblivious Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:08 AM
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3. So I guess they'll be returning the terrorists to Iraqi custody?
Without that the 'regret' doesn't have much meaning.
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slaveplanet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:14 AM
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4. Always a mistake
mistakes made by the British.

never a crime....move along... jolly good...chop, chop
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 10:38 AM
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5. Tie this into Iran's complaints about British involvement
in recent bombings in Iran and you will have a better understanding of exactly what the Brits are up to.
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