Monday, October 10, 2005

UK forces destabilising Iraq?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4323050.stm

The governor of Basra province has accused British forces of destabilising security following the arrest of 12 people over attacks against UK troops.

The men, some of whom are police officers, are still being questioned.

Governor Mohammed al-Waili said the British should have co-ordinated with him and with Iraqi security forces.

The 12 detainees, some of whom are accused of supporting radical Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr, are thought to include the director of Basra's state-run electricity company Odai Awad.

Employees of the company are threatening a strike unless he is released within 24 hours.
Mr al-Waili told the Associated Press news agency: "The British troops are responsible for destabilising security in the province.



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