Tuesday, September 20, 2005

British SAS rescued from Shia militia

Following the confusing events in Basra yesterday the BBC has managed to put some of the pieces together ....





Both men were members of the SAS elite special forces, sources told the BBC's Richard Galpin in Baghdad.

The soldiers were arrested by police and then handed over to a militia group, the British Army says.

Iraq's interior ministry ordered the police force in Basra to release the soldiers but that order was ignored.

Instead they ended up in the hands of Shia militia, prompting the flattening of a wall at the police station and the later dramatic rescue, the Ministry of Defence said.

Basra governor Mohammed al-Waili said the men - possibly working undercover - were arrested for allegedly shooting dead a policeman and wounding another.

Update: the Two SAS men have now been confirmed as being rescued from a nearby Militia house and not the Police station ,

A timeline of events can be read Here

8 Comments:

Blogger Hype said...

I am glad to hear they are alright. However, we seem to be missing some of the story. Why was the order ignored? If it was infact given, what kind of command structure do they have if no one is following orders? Hopefully we will find out more.

-Hype

September 20, 2005 4:55 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Dont miss the BIG story hiding in this lot Hype

this sentence "Instead they ended up in the hands of Shia militia,"

hmmm , so Iraqi police are handing over 'prisoners' to Shia militia !

another example of the country being nowhere near security and peace

arent we told it is the US/UK/Iraqi forces agaisnt the Militia and terrorists and insurgents ?

seems not

seems it is the US/UK versus the Iraqi forces/Militia

that is a real sign of how bad things have got

September 20, 2005 5:00 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

It is hard to tell what is what with all the smoke and mirrors.

-Hype

September 20, 2005 7:24 pm  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

I think the police were paid to hand over the "westerners", and so they did.

You know, stuff like this happens in Mexico all the time too. In fact, i was there with some buddies about 8 years ago or so, and one of them ended up in jail because he was drunk... at a bar...(i.e. he was American and had money). The only way he was getting out was by forking up his watch and the money left in his wallet. I knew other guys that lost their cars down there to the "impound".

This stuff isnt shocking in a less than stable, and less than established authority system. The only difference is they two guys they picked up had some buddies with tanks and helicopters.

September 20, 2005 10:15 pm  
Blogger K. Ron Silkwood said...

Why were these two men "undercover" and out shooting people? Something smells here.

September 20, 2005 11:01 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

from what i can put together k.ron , it seems the Iraqi Police spotted the armed men , did not click and just opened fire

if this was standard british troops i would question it , but with these guys i can't imagine them breaking procedure

September 21, 2005 1:37 am  
Blogger G_in_AL said...

SAS is some spooky stuff... Delta squad types no?

So my guess is we wont know WHAT they were doing out there.

September 21, 2005 3:31 am  
Blogger _H_ said...

well they are another group that kind of only half exists

the british authorities will not admit (of course) that these guys were SAS

so what ever the plot , we will never read it

one interesting side note though ,

the Iraqi Police have claimed (in some reports) that they captured the soliders trying to plant explosives !

i am not buying thay yet , but it is a rumour out there at the fringes

September 21, 2005 4:28 am  

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