Monday, September 19, 2005

Armed clashes between Iraqis and British soldiers in Iraqi Basra, Iraqi demonstrators set British tanks on fire, two civilian killed

Armed Clashes Between Iraqis and British Soldiers in Iraqi Basra


19 September 2005 | FOCUS News Agency

Basra.Armed clashes burst between British soldiers and citizens of the Iraqi town of Basra when two Iraqis were held by the troops, AFP announced. According to a British military spokesman the situation is complicated. The conflict started when two Iraqis were held and locals started throwing rocks at the British soldiers.

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Two Britons detained in Iraq for firing at police


BAGHDAD, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities detained two British nationals in the city of Basra on Monday for firing on police, a senior Iraqi official said.

The senior Iraqi official said he had been informed by the British military that they were undercover soldiers in civilian clothes. British military authorities said they could not confirm the incident but were investigating.

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BRITONS TARGET IRAQI POLICE


Two British nationals have been detained in Iraq for firing at police in Basra, it is reported.

A senior Iraqi official said he had been told by British military sources that the men were undercover soldiers in civilian clothes.

The official said: "They were driving a civilian car and were dressed in civilian clothes when a shooting took place between them and Iraqi patrols.

"We are investigating and an Iraqi judge is on the case questioning them."

British military officials are investigating but would not confirm the incident.

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Breaking News: Protesters set fire to British tanks in Basra


The BBC has just reported that, according to AFP, protesters have set fire to 2 British tanks in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

"A Logical Voice"

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Iraqi demonstrators set British tanks on fire


Iraqi demonstrators Monday set two British tanks on fire in the southern city of Basra, an AFP photographer at the scene reported.

British soldiers jumped from the tanks and withdrew without returning fire.

The incident came shortly after British soldiers had fired warning shots at demonstrators after the Iraqis threw stones at them.

The protests followed a report that Iraqi police had arrested two men, but had refused to hand them over to British forces responsible for the area.

"It's a confused situation," said a British military spokesman reached by telephone from Baghdad who declined to give details.

It was not immediately known if there were any injuries.

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Brit soldiers in Basra tank inferno

3.46PM, Mon Sep 19 2005

Dramatic pictures are reaching us of a British army tank, being pelted with petrol bombs in Basra, Southern Iraq.

The tank is seen coming under attack, apparently from petrol bombs.

A crowd gathers around the tank as it tries to reverse away from trouble.

Within moments the top of the tank was ablaze, although it was not clear if the vehicle itself was on fire or if the flames came from materials burning on top of the tank.

One soldier climbed out of the tank's hatch and jumped clear of it, as the crowd pelted him with stones.

British military authorities said they could not confirm the incident but were investigating.

Basra has been relatively stable compared to central Iraq, where Sunni Arab insurgents have killed thousands of Iraqi and American forces, officials and civilians with suicide attacks, roadside bombs and shootings.

British forces have suffered far less casualties than their American allies.
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A crowd gathers around the tank as it tries to reverse away from trouble.
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Two killed in Iraq firefight


British forces and demonstrators exchanged gunfire in the southern city of Basra Monday leaving two civilians dead after two British men were arrested for allegedly gunning down an Iraqi police officer.

Basra, Iraq's second largest city and 550 kilometers (340 miles) south of Baghdad, is headquarters for the 8,500 British troops deployed the south of the country. (AP)

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Iraqi police detain two British soldiers in Basra


BAGHDAD, Sept. 19 (Xinhuanet) — Iraqi police detained two British soldiers in civilian clothes in the southern city Basra for firing on a police station on Monday, police said.

"Two persons wearing Arab uniforms opened fire at a police station in Basra. A police patrol followed the attackers and captured them to discover they were two British soldiers," an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

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.

The British forces informed the Iraqi authorities that the two soldiers were performing an official duty, the source said. British military authorities said they could not confirm the incident but investigations were underway.

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