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The MoD is now saying that they did not storm the prison, their tank knocked the prison wall down by accident, and that they had agreement with the Iraqi police over the servicemen. Be interesting to see how the info on this pans out, but it sounds to me like they were getting their men out before the prison was stormed by rather ugly mob that had gathered outside. They were chucking fire bombs at the tank which was trying to get out without squashing anyone.
"very bad" for relations? The Brits fuckin invaded and are going to help executing their last leader, no shit! Thats liek saying that Pearl Harbor was bad for US/Jap relations.
"Men trained in arms from their infancy, and animated by the love of liberty, will afford neither a cheap or easy conquest."
From the Declaration of the Continental Congress
"We can have peace and security only as long as we band together to preserve that most priceless possession, our inheritance of European blood."
Charles A. Lindbergh,"Aviation, Geography, and Race", Reader's Digest, Nov. 1939
"We must secure the existance of our people and a future for White children."
The Iraqi national government told the locals to hand these two British soldiers over to the Brits. When they got to the jail, they learned that the soldiers had been handed over to the insurgents. The storming of the jail is inconsequential in comparison.
Between this and learning that about $1,000,000,000.00 has been stolen from funds intended to re-equip the Iraqi army, it's clear that the Iraqi government, military, and police forces have been severely infiltrated.
To say that this is "bad for the state of Iraqi/British relations", while true, insinuates moral equivalence where there is none. It's like saying, "the Holocaust was bad for Jew/German relations."
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