UK ground fleet in Iraq bolstered

#1
From BBC website.

Is it an election year or am I just a cynic?

:?

A fleet of new British Army armoured vehicles has arrived in southern Iraq to bolster ground security in the run-up to elections on 30 January.

The 18 new Land Rovers were flown to Basra Air Station on Friday night.

They give more protection from bullets than the ageing vehicles they will replace, the Ministry of Defence said.

Their arrival follows a suspected suicide car bomb attack at Shaibah base, near Basra, this week which left nine troops injured and one Iraqi dead.

Insurgents have also threatened to deliberately target voters at the polls.

Security in theatre is always under constant review although we don't talk about specifics

An MoD spokesman in Basra said the new vehicles, "with a more powerful engine and enhanced armour" were part of a rolling programme of vehicle replacement in Iraq.

"Security in theatre is always under constant review although we don't talk about specifics," he added.

The MoD revealed on Saturday that one Iraqi civilian had been killed in Thursday's car bomb attack at Shaibah logistics base.

A further six Iraqis sustained injuries, the severity of which were unclear, a spokesman said.

Four injured British troops remained in British military hospital in Shaibah and a fifth was being treated at a US hospital in Kuwait.

None of their injuries were life-threatening, the spokesman said.

A further four soldiers had received minor cuts and bruises in the blast.

The injured soldiers were all from the 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment based at Tern Hill in Shropshire.

"We believe the explosion took place in a static vehicle placed near the base," the spokesman said.

"It went off when a convoy went past.

"It appears that it was a suicide car bomb."

The MoD "could not give any credence" to a group claiming to be linked to al-Qaeda which says it carried out the attack in revenge for alleged abuse by UK troops against Iraqi civilians.

A radical website quoted militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as saying three of its fighters died in the suicide operation.

The US has offered $25m (£13.4m) for the capture of al-Zarqawi.

As well as being the main logistics base for the British-controlled area of Iraq, the Shaibah site also has the main British field hospital.

Hundreds of British troops and other personnel are stationed at the base.

It was set up as the hub for British administration of south-east Iraq and has served as a base for Marines and the Black Watch regiment.
 
#2
MrPVRd said:
From BBC website.
A fleet of new British Army armoured vehicles has arrived in southern Iraq to bolster ground security in the run-up to elections on 30 January.

The 18 new Land Rovers were flown to Basra Air Station on Friday night.

They give more protection from bullets than the ageing vehicles they will replace, the Ministry of Defence said.
Nothing like telling terrs what you use instead is there? But then, later they say this

Security in theatre is always under constant review although we don't talk about specifics
 
#3
OldRedCap said:
Nothing like telling terrs what you use instead is there? But then, later they say this

Security in theatre is always under constant review although we don't talk about specifics
Well spotted ORC, I'm sure that this press release is nothing to do with security, and everything about making announcements that will make your minister look good :eek:
 

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