Four British soldiers killed in Basra, Iraq


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From British daily The Guardian:

Four British servicemen have been killed and three injured in an attack on a patrol boat in Basra, southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The brief statement from the MoD said the servicemen were part of a multinational force, patrolling the Shatt al-Arab waterway in Basra.

Neither their names nor the unit they served with were released, pending the notification of their families.

The condition of the wounded was described by the ministry as either “very serious or serious.”

They were evacuated by helicopter to the field hospital at nearby Shaibah Logistics Base.

US soldiers’ families against the war: here.

Also: What was the British SAS doing in Basra in Iraq?

And here.

And: War protestors acquitted on federal conspiracy charges in New York.

6 thoughts on “Four British soldiers killed in Basra, Iraq

  1. Sun, 23 Oct 2005

    Secret poll shows Iraqis support attacks on British troops

    LONDON (AFP) – A secret poll commissioned by senior British officers shows
    that millions of Iraqis believe that suicide attacks against British troops
    are justified.

    The poll shows that up to 65 percent of Iraqi citizens support attacks and
    fewer than one percent think allied military involvement is helping to
    improve security in their country, the Sunday Telegraph said.

    The nationwide survey, undertaken for the Ministry of Defence, demonstrates
    for the first time the true strength of anti-Western feeling in Iraq after
    more than two and a half years of bloody occupation, the newspaper said.

    The survey also suggests that the coalition has lost the battle to win the
    hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, which British Prime Minister Tony
    Blair and US President George W. Bush believed was fundamental to creating
    a safe and secure country, it said.

    The newspaper also said Lieutenant Colonel Nick Henderson, the commanding
    officer of the Coldstream Guards in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, in
    charge of security for the region, has resigned from the army.

    He recently voiced concerns over a lack of armored vehicles for his men,
    another of whom was killed in a bomb attack in Basra last week.

    The secret poll appears to contradict claims made by General Sir Mike
    Jackson, the Chief of the General Staff, who only days ago congratulated
    British soldiers for “supporting the Iraqi people in building a new and
    better Iraq”.

    Andrew Robathan, a former member of the elite Special Air Service and the
    Conservative shadow defence minister, said Saturday night that the poll
    clearly showed a complete failure of government policy.

    “This clearly states that the Government’s hearts-and-minds policy has been
    disastrous. The coalition is now part of the problem and not the solution,”
    Robathan was quoted as saying.

    “I am not advocating a pull-out but if British soldiers are putting their
    lives on the line for a cause which is not supported by the Iraqi people
    then we have to ask the question, ‘what are we doing there?’ “

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