[Marxism] Iraqi patriots in control of much of Basra
jbustelo at bellsouth.net
Thu Aug 26 20:57:01 MDT 2004
British envoys under siege in Basra
By Thomas Harding in Basra
The British diplomatic mission in Basra has been under siege for three
weeks, suffering almost daily mortar attacks as security in the southern
Iraq city has deteriorated dramatically.
The only way in or out of the mission is by military helicopter and the
British Army now moves around Basra only in armoured vehicles.
Since the start of the uprising in the holy city of Najaf earlier this
month there has been a "lockdown" at the Office of the British Embassy
in Basra, an extension of the Baghdad embassy, as militiamen loyal to
the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have taken control of large areas of
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