UK HELICOPTER DOWNED IN BASRAH

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#5
On Sky News now. British Troops and Warriors AFVs under attack with rocks and petrol bombs. But if they were to retaliate then who would be the bad guys?
 
#7
polar69 - the troops can be seen firing one or two warning shots as they close or establish the cordon; hardly running through the streets firing shots in the air. Another press exaggeration.
 
#8
polar69 said:
Fingers crossed here until things are really confirmed

But

"British troops were seen running through the streets, firing shots into the air. "

? Hopefully not true
Watching news24, a small patrol were being stoned, one soldier fired one round into the air to disperse the crowd. It's part of the videos being shown. Confirmation of casualties, obviously hopeful they are not fatalities, but things don't look good.

Iraqis stoning the British, setting light to Warriors (again) and cheering. Obviously they're all nice people really...

Hopefully this incident won't have a very sad ending and good luck to those troops currently out there
 
#10
Watching sky news, is it me or does this simply prove that normal locals will tear you apart should they get a single chance? Stoning in the hundreds, for no reason, nothing has changed since I was there then, and it probably never will, yet we always seem to be made the bad guys, this incident will be forgotten when the next image of a rioting local gets a baton in the chest.
 
#11
polar69 said:
I often wondered if JSP 385 (?) LOAC (?) applies outside the UK.
Yes it does, as the UK has signed up to it. There are also different rules of engagement for different areas of operations - tailored (allegedly) to meet the unique requirements of that particular area. Obviously, I'm not going to divulge specifics in a public forum, though!

Best regards to families, friends and colleagues of those involved in the crash. My thoughts are with you all.
 
#12
My thoughts are with the families of thse involved. If there are fatalities then RIP
 
#15
I watched the BBC video and hope to god there was nobody killed,but is it only me that gets annoyed by the attuide of the reporter,they are OUR troops and I wish the reporters and journo's would start using that term
 
#17
Been watching the news all day (coz its me job) looks like we have lost another 4. Very sad news. The thing thats getting me is the petrol bombing of the wagons, why have they not shot the little s**t's? it would take some time to get that many petrol bombs ready, looks like a set up!
Take Care one and all.
 
#18
Sad news as ever, seems the Americans have lost a Cab in Afghanistan also, loss of life reported as 10 so far. Thoughts are with all those in basrah along with the families of all those involved both UK and American.
 

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