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Redcaps' families furious at 'blunders'
By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor
25 November 2004

Damning details of the blunders that may have contributed to the deaths of six British Royal Military Police in Iraq were disclosed last night.

The men's families said they were furious after reading witness statements taken by a board of inquiry, which were not handed to them until the final report was published last week.

John Miller, whose 21-year-old son, Corporal Simon Miller,was one of the six to be killed by an angry mob, said the witness statements revealed that the Parachute Regiment received warnings on the morning of the attack. "There was a briefing about intelligence. It was not passed on to the RMP," said Mr Miller.

He said the families had been led to believe there was no evidence that the deaths could have been avoided. Mr Miller added: "We were manipulated by the Ministry of Defence. I think our lads would still be alive today if they had received the intelligence briefings given to the Paras."

A soldier from 1st Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, told the inquiry that on the day of the attack, 24 June, he received a briefingthat intelligence "had guessed that the locals were intending to ambush a patrol". But a soldier from the Royal Military Police told the inquiry they had no intelligence that anything was going to happen.

The inquiry found no one was to blame for the deaths.

Reg Keys, father of Lance Corporal Thomas Richard Keys, 20, from Bala in North Wales, who also died, said: "We were fed a fairy story. We feel very angry about this."
So after learning that important intelligence was not passed down to an RMP patrol, then that patrol was brutally murdered and after an inquiry that cost the taxpayer god-knows-how-many millions, nobody was to blame! 8O

Then on top of that, we learn that this vital information was not passed onto the families or used in the inquiry!

What planet are these arrseholes on? Another fecking whitewash! How many paid lackeys has TBliar put into positions of power? :evil:
I have read the report and what is missing from all of this is the fact that the RMP were supposed to turn up to the morning briefs but rarely did!!! They had access to the irridium phones but rarely bothered to sign them out!!!

You can turn anything to your own advantage if you only pick the facts that conform to your theory.
I can see short-fuse's point, but it doesnt make it any easier to take!!

they should still be alive. :cry:

agent smith
The actual Board made numerous recommendations - all very reasonable and, one assumes, beneficial in the eyes of Board members. However, the Review authority pished on most of these. Why this conflict if for some good reason?
I have read the report and what is missing from all of this is the fact that the RMP were supposed to turn up to the morning briefs but rarely did!!! They had access to the irridium phones but rarely bothered to sign them out!!!
In that case their COY OC, 2 i/c, RSM, Platoon Commander and platoon staff sergeant should be sacked for failing to do their jobs properly.
I'm definitely not a Spin Doctor, I hate the B*stards.

I agree that there was something lacking amongst the RMP Hierarchy. However the RMP Coy had already gone home and there was just a Tp left. I think you find that the Tp SSgt may be one of the guys tragically killed. As for the Tp Comd, he has in the opinion of the board done nothing criminal, however they did suggest that Administative action may well be taken against individuals in the CoC (which could mean sacking under AGAI 67). It also highlighted the lack of training of RMP personnel in war-fighting ops (the point on extra inf trg was not accepted but the agreed that the RMP Tp Comds cse was lacking in comd training and concerntrated too much on Police procedures).

I accept that there were mistakes made but the idea of some sort of conspiracy and coverup is far fetched. I know GOC 1 Div (who instigated the board) personnally and he is some one who would never allow any such a cover up to happen. The incident was terrible and one that units who provide small specialist teams to larger formations (like my own) could learn a great deal from.
Sadly I think this comes down to a senior officer trying to cover his arrse.

Comms for operations are distributed to all. The impression one gets is that the CO/OC received them but this interupted their dinner and thought it an inconvenience, any squad commander expects information on time and acurate

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