Army admits blunder over raid on home of Basra MP

#1
Ooops!

The Army apologised yesterday for raiding the home of a prominent MP from Basra and arresting his family. Officers blamed an intelligence blunder.

But the apology has done little to quell the fury of southern Shia MPs, who warned that good relations between the British and Iraqi officials could suffer as a result of Monday night's botched raid.

British troops during a house-to-house search
It is unclear whether the soldiers simply raided the wrong house

Army officers did not explain how they mistook Mansour Abdulrazzaq Mansour, one of the British Army's closest allies in Iraq's second city, for an insurgent.

The MP, a member of the Shia coalition, said British tanks and helicopters surrounded his house before soldiers blew open the front door with explosives.

"They smashed the windows of the cars parked in the garage, smashed the computer to the ground and took $260,000 from the house," said Mr Mansour, who comes from one of southern Iraq's wealthiest families.

"The reason for the violation of my immunity has not been explained and my money has not been returned. I demand compensation." He said his children were also detained and had been left scarred by the experience.

"Basically we are very sorry," a spokesman said from the Army headquarters in Basra. "We made a mistake, we apologise for it and we will do our best to make sure something like this does not happen again." All 11 members of Mr Mansour's family had been released.

It is unclear whether the soldiers raided the wrong house or genuinely believed Mr Mansour, who is the leader of the Tamimi tribe, was connected to the insurgency.

The gaffe was compounded by the fact that the British military had provided a helicopter to fly Mr Mansour to Baghdad for the second meeting of the national assembly just hours before the raid.

Southern politicians were vitriolic in their condemnation of the raid. "Generally, the people of Basra like the British," said Muntasir al-Imara, an MP from Basra. "Unlike the Americans, they have morals and are kind to people so we feel comfortable with them. But this behaviour terrifies us.

"Unless they give us a proper explanation for behaving like criminals and offer adequate compensation, relations could become very bad."

British officers hinted that compensation could be considered.
Army appologise for botched raid
 

Goatman

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#2
That's on a par with the accidental precision targetting of the Chinese embassy back a while.

Shoot the G2 cell, pour encourager les autres :roll:


Le Chevre
 
#3
Boss guy: "That was BAD, Intellience! Bad, Intelligence"
I.N.T.E.L.L.I.G.E.N.C.E. (in surfer drawl): "I'm sorry"

:D
 
#4
What was he doing with a Quarter of a million dollars under the bed?
 

Goatman

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PartTimePongo said:
What was he doing with a Quarter of a million dollars under the bed?
yeah I wondered that too.....

Sshhh! he's obviously a close friend of Bechtel/KBR/Halliburton and was just looking after it for them.......

Have you seen some of the audit reports on what was going on in the days of the late and unlamented Mister Bremer ? They had people going around the country with CARLOADS of US taxpayers finest.....

More likely to be freshly pressed nice clean US Govt issue greenbacks
(good dollars) than filthy tainted oil-stained Jihadi lucre ( bad, naughty dollars) I would guess...... :lol:

if you were a Pro-US Iraqi MP, still not sure if Saddam's henchmen were going to retake the Central Bank where would YOU keep your 'pension fund' ?...at the local branch of Al-Tikriti Friendly Society ?

or under the bed with your AK ?

Le Chevre
 
#6
PartTimePongo said:
What was he doing with a Quarter of a million dollars under the bed?
He is a rich and powerful man and was born into wealth. Hence why he has a mansion and 'loadsa money!!!!' :D
 
#7
Officers blamed an intelligence blunder
Why is it that failed ops are almost always blamed on 'poor intelligence' and succesful ops on 'good planning'?

Those G2 bods really are an easy target. Now where have I heard ...... it was all the fault of those intelligence people. mmmm?

I suppose this was part of the orders for the op.

" Right lads, once we are in the grounds of the house, here's what you do....

.......smash the windows of the cars parked in the garage, smash the computer to the ground and take all money found from the house..... any questions?

:roll:
 
#8
He is a rich and powerful man and was born into wealth. Hence why he has a mansion and 'loadsa money!!!!
Which as a shia , Saddam graciously allowed him and his family to keep without persecution or seizure?
 
#9
PartTimePongo said:
He is a rich and powerful man and was born into wealth. Hence why he has a mansion and 'loadsa money!!!!
Which as a shia , Saddam graciously allowed him and his family to keep without persecution or seizure?
quite true, but doesnt put him in with saddams clique
 
#10
"Unless they give us a proper explanation for behaving like criminals and offer adequate compensation, relations could become very bad."


I guess the 1/4 Million just gets bigger. :roll:
 
#11
Dosvidanya,

Your reply deleted KGB_resident, because it's not clear as to whether this post was humour, or you're the resident GRU spook west of the Euphrates.

Spasiba.

PTP
 
#12
That money was just resting under his bed...

Any chance that we could hear "US apologises for strike on Sedgefield MPs house"? Presumably a large sum of money would be found under the wife's bed?? :twisted:
 
#13
KGB_resident said:
Dosvidanya,

Your reply deleted KGB_resident, because it's not clear as to whether this post was humour, or you're the resident GRU spook west of the Euphrates.

Spasiba.

PTP
Dear sir!

First of all, Dosvidanya in Russian means 'Good buy'. In Russian (and I believe in English) it has clear meaning ('you are not welcome'). But why? I prefer to see something like 'we very much appresiate...' and 'but unfortunately...'

Btw 'Spasibo' (=thanks) is more correct transliteration than 'Spasiba'.

It seems to me that you regard my post too seriously, though you have right to it. Moreover, I feel that you belive that my version is very probable.

Your supposition that your obeyed servant is resident of GRU (Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravleniye) is laughable. You can't believe, but my uncle was indeed a colonel of GRU and father was colonel of KGB. But I'm absolutely civil man.

I wish you all the best, warmest regards from Moscow.

Sincerely yours Sergey.
 
#14
KGB_resident said:
First of all, Dosvidanya in Russian means 'Good buy'.
'Good bye' surely?

msr

Khoroshaya pokupka
 
#15
msr said:
KGB_resident said:
First of all, Dosvidanya in Russian means 'Good buy'.
'Good bye' surely?

msr

Khoroshaya pokupka
As illiterate Russian I should be forgiven. Moreover, you understand me pretty well. May I ask, why my first post was deleted? I hoped that it was funny enough and ideally fits the name of this site.
 
#16
No, it was goodbye , as in goodbye to your first post, not goodbye as in your person Sergey

My concern was purely where you were posting from. That allied to the content of your first post made me think better safe than sorry

Obviously the humour lost something in translation... :D

Anyway welcome to the site.
 
#17
PartTimePongo said:
My concern was purely where you were posting from. That allied to the content of your first post made me think better safe than sorry

Obviously the humour lost something in translation... :D

Anyway welcome to the site.
OK. To be balansed I should say that my father told me about one case in Afghanistan. Two Soviet officers killed wealthy merchant because of huge money. They were severely punished.

I understand that anything of this sort is impossible with British officers. Probably tribal leader simply forgot where he hid money.

If you don't understand is it joke or not then it is a good joke.

Btw, I detected this site due to this article in Telegraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/03/31/wirq31.xml

Really I have a lot of questions about so called 'bayonet attack' near Al-Amarah, about case of Baha Mousa, about helicopters that can't fly an so on.

Now I understand what sort of jokes are not allowed here, so I will be careful.

Thanks for attention!
 
#18
No dramas Sergey :D

The other questions you have, are answered in depth elsewhere on the forum, just do a search, and most of the answers are there.

Did you ever do Military service by the way?

Regards

PTP
 
#19
PartTimePongo said:
Did you ever do Military service by the way?
No. My wife is former leutenant of KGB. My brother is lt.Colonel (nuclear missiles). I'm absolutely civil man.
 
#20
Still can't keep away eh Jeannie ??

Burn the witch!!

In any event, its supposed to be " rezident"
Get your nominclatura right Otlichnik :wink:
 

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