RMP in Basra

BBC News To-day, best of luck to all involved!

British launch Iraq police purge

Parts of the police force have been taken over by militias
British and Iraqi forces have launched a major drive in Basra city aimed at purging the police of the militias that have infiltrated their ranks.
About 1,000 British troops and 2,300 Iraqis have begun to deploy as part of what the Army labels Operation Sinbad.

The UK military said the operation, to last until February 2007, was intended to prepare for the expected handover of power to Iraqi officials next year.

Shia militias have effectively seized control of the police in some areas.

Operation Sinbad will see small "transition teams" of Royal Military Police being inserted into police stations throughout the southern Iraqi city for 30 days at a time.

Major Charlie Burbridge, spokesman for the Army in Iraq, described it as a "big push to take Basra as close as we can to transition to Iraqi control".

"We have to accept that elements of the police have been infiltrated by elements of the Shia militia," he said.

"Part of this will involve us identifying those policemen who are unable or unwilling to do their duty as policemen.

"Those who are particularly bad are likely not to be policemen for much longer."

Shia militias have infiltrated the police since 2005, enabling them to impose control on parts of the city.

Operation Sinbad will also include a renewed reconstruction effort, redeveloping hospitals and distributing educational material to the city's schools.
A small team of RMP working in a local police station in IRAQ, that rings an ill sounding bell.....
They'll do it - they aren't as bad as a lot of us would like to think!!!!
I think they are going to have an interesting time doing this, but at least they are to have a goodly chunk of spt when they do. Best of luck to the guys from Catterick.
Good luck. I’m sure they will do a good job. Loads of support to back them up this time!
Watch this space!
Fcuk me that is a scary fcuking thought. Best of luck boys (and girls). Here's hoping you get given more ammo than BATUS and comms that work.
Looks like the boys and girls from 150 have been absorbed into the New Labour spin machine, but I suppose they had to find a reasonable scenario for getting out of that mess.

Oh well, sod the motive and the outcome, well done to all involved.


But it was not until last Christmas, when British troops returned and blew up the building, that the militia hold on the Jamiat station was broken.

That action was part of Operation Sinbad, billed as a five-month effort finally to "clean up" the corrupt and murderous Basra police force. British and Iraqi troops swooped on areas of the city in succession, and members of the Royal Military Police were placed in stations to get rid of the "rotten apples". As Mr Blair pointed out, the operation did have beneficial effects - the murder rate in the city fell sharply, for example. But some in the military nicknamed it "Spinbad", claiming that its effects were exaggerated and will quickly dissipate as British troops withdraw from the streets. Sinbad, the most cynical say, was little more than an attempt to bring Basra under enough control to justify the withdrawal, and the Shia militias will soon be free to resume their murderous activities.

And the increased British activity meant that troops were again targets of bombers and snipers. Ten have been killed and 60 injured in the past three months. But the most vulnerable British bases in Basra will soon be handed over to the Iraqis, leaving the remaining force hunkered down in Basra air station outside the city.
Medicina said:
Did that in 2003
What? Sure as s*** worked then.

Shia factions clash as British troops pull out
James Hider in Baghdad
Gunmen took to the streets of Basra yesterday and shooting erupted between rival Shia factions two days after the British Army vacated a base in the centre of the oil-rich city.

Fighters from the Mahdi Army, the militia of the fundamentalist cleric Hojatoleslam Moqtada al-Sadr, attacked the headquarters of the Fadhila party, which runs the city government, witnesses said. The shooting sparked heavy clashes in which the Fadhila governor’s house was torched.

“Clashes took place between followers of Fadhila and the Sadr office,” Brigadier-General Ali Hammadi, the head of the Basra security committee, said.

“We made contact with both sides to calm the situation, but unfortunately it got worse when a group of the Mahdi Army attacked the Fadhila headquarters, firing rocket-propelled grenades and rifles that set fire in two cars, in addition to causing some minor damage to the building.”

Iraqi troops surrounded the area, declaring a temporary curfew and later managed to bring the situation under control, the brigadier said. Hospital officials said that seven people were wounded in the gunfight, which lasted more than an hour.

It was unclear what triggered the clashes. Some blamed a tribal dispute between the director of the city’s electricity company and his chief engineer. Others said it was an attempt to take control of the base the British handed over to Iraqi troops on Tuesday.

About 100 British soldiers had been based in the position known as the Old State Building, one of three small bases the British intend to hand over to Iraqi forces.

Wary of triggering a deep split in the Shia political community, a senior Fadhila official, Nadim al-Jabiri, tried to deny that any clashes had taken place. “Whatever is happening, there is no problem between us and the Sadrists. There is no way we would clash with them,” he said.

Abdul-Qader Mohammed Jassim, the Defence Minister, said in London yesterday that his troops were capable of tackling outbursts of violence and that he had brought forward the deployment of an extra 5,000 Iraqi soldiers to the city.
Sure wasn't in the Shia Flats but this is one of those 'good news' stories.

A Royal Military Police Major from West Sussex is spearheading a scheme to teach cricket to children in Iraq.
A Sussex soldier is hoping to bring peace to Iraq - by teaching cricket to the masses.

Major Andrew Banks, from Midhurst, will take bats and balls into schools in the south of the country to try to convince youngsters they are friends not foes.

And the Royal Military Police (RMP) hope the scheme will help cut the number of attacks on British soldiers and civilians in the warzone.

It worked for the Wolf of Kabul

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