- Jeff - The BBC reported somthing VERY vague about an
attack on the Basra jail but it caught my attention, so I switched to the
Australian TV channels to find more info:
- The reports stated two British commando special forces
dressed as Iraqis have been cought by the Iraqis after they were found
shooting and killing local policemen. And the Iraqis put them in jail.
- The British army then, came with tanks, destroyed the
jail and freed the two british commandos. In the process, all the Iraqi
prisoners in the jail ran away to freedom.
- Riots started, and I saw British tanks engulfed with
molotov coktails and British soldiers runing out of thier tanks, some were
- This report give crediblity to the 'conspiracy theorists'
who have long claimed many terrorist acts in Iraq are, in fact, being initiated
and carried out by US, British and Israeli forces.
- The TRUTH is the British had to either rescue or kill
these two commandos in order to keep these operations secret. Fortunately
for the two Brits, they were saved.
- The British Commander of the forces involved gave such
idiotic excuses I won't even bother to report them to you. The followng
just moved on the net...
- Iraqi Prison Stormed By British Tanks And Helicopters
- British forces in tanks and helicopters stormed an Iraqi
jail tonight to rescue two service personnel who were arrested after allegedly
shooting dead a local policeman and wounding another, the governor of Basra
- The two men had been taken to the Basra jail after violence
erupted earlier today in the southern Iraqi city.
- Photographs of the two - thought to be special forces
officers - were taken and released to the media, showing them bandaged
- British troops had arrived at the police station where
the two men were being held and encircled the building.
- They were attacked by demonstrators with rocks and petrol
- One soldier was seen engulfed by flames tumbling from
his tank and gunfire was exchanged between the two sides, leaving three
soldiers injured and two civilians dead.
- Later, more than 10 tanks and helicopters broke down
the walls of the jail in the rescue operation to release the two arrested
- It was also reported that 150 Iraqi prisoners escaped
in what Mohammed al-Waili, the governor of Basra, described as a 'barbaric,
savage and irresponsible' act.
- The MoD refused to comment after officials said that
the two men were undercover officers dressed as Arabs.
- The spokesman said: "We can confirm that the two
military personnel have been released."
- Mr al-Waili said: "A British force of more than
10 tanks backed by helicopters attacked the central jail and destroyed
it. This is an irresponsible act."
- He said the British force had spirited the prisoners
away to an unknown location.