MoD denies deal over withdrawal from Basra

#1
British forces have released more than two dozen Iraqi prisoners over the last three months in the run-up to their now imminent withdrawal from the UK base at Saddam's Hussein's former palace compound in Basra, though the government denies doing a deal with Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army to stave off last-minute attacks.

A senior Iraqi security official told a US newspaper that the transfer of Mahdi army prisoners had been agreed between the British and Iraqi authorities to buy peace as UK forces finally withdrew. According to one Basra prisoner in contact with a British lawyer, six of those freed by mid-August under a deal approved by Major General Jonathan Shaw, commander of UK forces, were "grade A terrorists".
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http://politics.guardian.co.uk/iraq/story/0,,2159732,00.html
 
#3
Meanwhile, in other news:

Mahdi Army spokesman Mr M Al-McGuinness welcomed the release of prisoners, and said that the Mahdi Army hoped to find jobs for the released men. "We're just waiting for the British government to agree the funding, and then we'll be offering tours of Basra's hot spots in taxis driven by former terrorists"
 
#6
node said:
ukdaytona said:
Are they lulling them in to false sense of security, get them all in one place then bomb the crap out of the town and get them all in one go ???
:? In six months time :x
With the lack of equipment, it will take that long to arrange an aircraft to be available
 
#7
The cynic in me spotted this and wondered if it was a case of "reverse propaganda" or "divide and Conquer"

A senior Iraqi security official told a US newspaper that the transfer of Mahdi army prisoners had been agreed between the British and Iraqi authorities to buy peace as UK forces finally withdrew.
And not the gruniad directly.

JJ
 
#8
I can now reveal the plan though first you must promise not to tell the Iraqis or the Iranians.

First we withdraw to the airport, then a fighting withdrawal to Kuwait. As everyone chases us to the border a second (cunningly hidden) British force pops up and shuts the gates to Basra on the bad guys.

We then drop a big net on the naughty people from hot air baloons (we don't have any spare helicopters). And make them promise to be good in future.

City retaken, home for tea and medals.

Easy peasy.

:)
 
#9
Shortly we can expect Sven to appear on ARRSE to defend HMG's Iraq policy, or to accuse the media of inventing the entire story, or both.

PS. eveyuk: not only have you just breached the spirit of DGMC's new gagging order, you may well have breached the official secrets act and given away current operational plans and ongoing difficulties which could aid our enemies. Shame on you!
 

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