Monday, September 19, 2005

British soldiers rescued in Basra raid

Mystery and confusion surround events that occurred in Basra Monday and have left tanks burning, at least 2 civilians killed and several British soldiers injured. Two British soldiers, reported as being undercover commandos, were rescued from a Basra prison by British forces who stormed the compound with tanks. The UK authorities have said the individuals were released after negotiations, but did not deny reports that the prison had been stormed. [Reuters] Meanwhile, Al Jazeera has shown a new tape of al Qaeda's number 2 Ayman al Zawahiri. In the taped message, broadcast Monday, he dismissed the legitimacy of the Afghan elections as being under the control of the 'war lords'. He also praised the attacks on London on the 7th July this year as being a "blessed attack" against the "Zionist, arrogant British."
[22:58 GMT 19/09/2005]

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