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British soldiers arrested over alleged killing

Staff and agencies
Monday September 19, 2005

The fighting broke out after two British soldiers, allegedly dressed as Arabs, opened fire on a police patrol killing one officer and wounding another.


Shiite Militia, British Soldiers Clash
By Borzou Daragahi
Times Staff Writer

The clashes, which involved members of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Al Mahdi army, apparently began when British commandos fired on Iraqi police, who took them into custody.


Iraqi police detain two British soldiers in Basra

The two soldiers were using a civilian car packed with explosives, the source said.

He added that the two were being interrogated in the police headquarters of Basra.


September 20, 2005
British Army Storms Basra Jail to Free 2 Soldiers From Arrest

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Sept. 19 - Two British soldiers working under cover were arrested Monday in the southern city of Basra and then freed as a British armored vehicle blasted through the wall of their jail after an angry crowd began rioting outside, an Interior Ministry official said.

The official said that the soldiers were undercover officers dressed as Iraqis and that Iraqi police officers had arrested them after the men fired at a traffic police officer.


British rescue comrades from jail in Basra
September 20, 2005

BASRA, Iraq (AP) -- In a major show of force, British soldiers used tanks to break down the walls of the central jail in this southern city late yesterday and freed two Britons, reportedly undercover commandos, who had been arrested on charges of shooting two Iraqi police officers.


Updated on 02/10/2005 08:05:52
SAS in secret war against Iranian agents
TWO SAS soldiers rescued last week after being arrested by Iraqi police and handed over to a militia were engaged in a “secret war” against insurgents bringing sophisticated bombs into the country from Iran.


British vehicles crash into Basra jail
September 19, 2005

After nightfall, 10 British armoured vehicles returned to the jail, crashed through walls and freed the two captives, witnesses said. An Associated Press reporter saw the vehicles smash into the jail.

While witnesses and officials said the British raid used "tanks," it was not clear whether the tracked vehicles were Challenger 2 Main Battle Tanks or Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles, both in use by British forces in Iraq.


Shia militia fires up anti-British hatred after SAS rescue
By Adrian Blomfield in Baghdad
(Filed: 23/09/2005)

"They are in bed with Mossad [the Israeli intelligence service] and their intention is to keep Iraq an unstable battlefield so they can exploit their interests in Iraq." But Mr Daraji insisted that Sadr was not going to call for a Shia uprising in Basra, where he enjoys only a limited, if growing, following in the city's slums.

"We have to take the moral high ground and resist this provocation by the British," he said. "This is a very dangerous, very sensitive time in Iraq but we must calm our supporters or we will fall into the British trap."


Soldiers tell how torrent of burning petrol poured into their Warrior
By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent
(Filed: 22/09/2005)

The British soldiers caught in riots in Basra described yesterday how they had to abandon their vehicle after a torrent of blazing petrol poured in.

Horrifying pictures of the soldiers leaping out of the armoured Warrior with their clothes on fire were published around the world.


SAS fears sparked jail raid
Correspondents in Baghdad
September 22, 2005

....demonstrators on to the streets to protest that the "British saboteurs" had been planning explosions in the city which would be blamed on followers of Moqtada al-Sadr, the Shia cleric. ....The Iraqis displayed photographs of the explosives, weaponry and several bags of equipment allegedly found in the boot of the men's unmarked car when they had been stopped at a checkpoint. ....There were also wigs, Arab headdresses and sophisticated communications equipment.

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