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What is a "Special Security Task"

 
 
Reply Tue 20 Sep, 2005 06:17 am
I would sure like to know what really happened here...

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'Special security task'

An Iraqi official, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity, said the soldiers' arrests stemmed from an incident earlier in the day.

The official said two unknown gunmen in full Arabic dress began firing on civilians in central Basra, wounding several, including a traffic police officer. There were no fatalities, the official said.

The two gunmen fled the scene but were captured and taken in for questioning, admitting they were British Marines carrying out a "special security task," the official said.




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kuvasz
 
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Reply Tue 20 Sep, 2005 11:28 pm
they were an assassination team
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revel
 
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Reply Wed 21 Sep, 2005 07:03 am
There sure a lot of conflicting reports of this story. On the US AND THEM: US, UN & Iraq, version 8.0 there has been links posted from different sources all with different slants and accounts of this incident.

But all in all, it is a weird thing for two British officers or whatever to dress up in traditional Arabic dress and have all those weapons and things. I wonder what their mission was.
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Wed 21 Sep, 2005 07:10 am
I read some reports which stated they were SAS. Intelligence is a specialisation of the SAS so it was likely they were gathering intelligence on something or someone.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 21 Sep, 2005 07:13 am
The news here tonight said that the Brits have been training Iraqi police, and their intelligence says that they (the Iraqi police) have been thoroughly infiltrated by insurgents.
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revel
 
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Reply Wed 21 Sep, 2005 08:15 am
What were trying to train the police to do, set up antitank missles?

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/21/international/middleeast/21iraq.html

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Reuters reported that video of the soldiers taken while they were in jail showed them "unshaven and looking nervous as police looked over wigs, Arab headdresses, antitank missiles and electronic equipment, all apparently used in their mission."
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kuvasz
 
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Reply Wed 21 Sep, 2005 09:40 am
revel wrote:
What were trying to train the police to do, set up antitank missles?

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/21/international/middleeast/21iraq.html

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Reuters reported that video of the soldiers taken while they were in jail showed them "unshaven and looking nervous as police looked over wigs, Arab headdresses, antitank missiles and electronic equipment, all apparently used in their mission."



as i said in my earlier post...they were after parties unknown... simple servilience was unlikely. while they were likely tracking someone, it was to kill them, not to offer them tea and scones.
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goodfielder
 
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Reply Thu 22 Sep, 2005 09:33 pm
Poisoned tea and scones? :wink:
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