April 1, 2003 |
British coalition forces are sweeping up hundreds of low-level members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party throughout southern Iraq to stop guerrilla attacks and win the confidence of average Iraqis. But relatives of some of those arrested say the British are targeting innocent people with no ties to the Iraqi army or Hussein's Baathist regime. "They broke through our front door and came in with machine guns," said Fatya Mohammed, 49, sobbing. "They took my son and husband. They are not with the Baathists.
June 16, 1988 |
The Irish Republican Army vowed today to wage "unceasing war" against Britain after a guerrilla bomb blew up at a festive foot race packed with people, killing six British soldiers and wounding 10 civilians. The IRA's Belfast Brigade claimed responsibility for last night's bombing - the guerrilla group's deadliest attack in seven months - in a statement today to news media in Belfast. IRA guerrillas slipped into the predominantly Protestant town of Lisburn, headquarters of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and wired a bomb containing seven pounds of explosives to an unmarked army van, the statement said.
March 8, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Six British soldiers were believed killed when an explosion struck their armored vehicle, marking the biggest loss of life for British forces in Afghanistan in years, officials in London said Wednesday. The explosion a day earlier in the southern province of Helmand figured to renew calls for an earlier withdrawal from Afghanistan for international forces, which have faced increasing violence as they try to hand security responsibilities to Afghan forces before the end of 2014.
May 6, 2004 |
Fourteen months after following the United States into war in Iraq, the British are struggling with an Iraqi prisoner-abuse scandal of their own, and while the details and evidence are in dispute, the consequences could be as serious. In the last week, the British have gone from horrified observers to full participants in a scandal that has topped newspapers and newscasts around the world. And while the breadth of accusations against the United States is greater, the British fear that their world image and the safety of their troops still in Iraq have been endangered by recent revelations.
March 25, 1988 |
It's coming up on 20 years since the first non-violent civil rights march in Irish history uncorked the demons of reaction that have ravaged the British-occupied Six Counties in the north ever since. In all that time, you'd think at least one major U.S. newspaper would have shown some respect for the 46 million Americans who claim Irish ancestry by stationing a first-rate journalist permanently in Belfast to report what the hell is really going on over there. Instead, the U.S. press has been generally content to accept simplistic and frequently misleading accounts from the wire services, as filed by unenterprising and often biased reporters, who are beholden to police and British military information officers for the invariably self-serving official daily handouts.
May 30, 1995 |
As many as 6,200 British troops, 2,000 U.S. Marines and 2,000 French forces were heading toward the Adriatic coast of Croatia yesterday, apparently with only the vaguest of plans as to what they will do when they get there. The show of force is the latest reaction to the standoff between the United Nations and Bosnian Serbs, who are holding more than 350 U.N. peacekeepers hostage in Bosnia. In Washington, Anthony Lake, President Clinton's national security adviser, described the deployment as a "precautionary measure" and said that "no decision has been made yet to send them into combat.
March 24, 2003 |
The Iraqi lieutenant colonel began to cry yesterday when a cameraman tried to record his surrender to British soldiers near this dusty southern Iraqi town. He said his family was in Baghdad. Then he made a slitting motion against his throat. "There are still a lot of Saddam's supporters here," said the officer, who was too terrified to give his name. As U.S.-led coalition troops push toward Baghdad, they are leaving behind pockets of insecurity in southern Iraq, where Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's agents continue to wield power and intimidate the local populace.
April 4, 2003 |
Gunfire sprayed across the road one day this week, forcing British soldiers to dive into ditches. Frightened Iraqi civilians sat tight in their cars as a calm, boyish-faced British soldier pumped a round at Iraqi militia fighters on the roof of a munitions factory. "Call this Machine Gun Alley," said a grinning Cpl. Richie Strickland of the First Battalion, Irish Guards regiment as he crawled to see if the Iraqis would fire back. Here at this checkpoint near Basra, Iraq's besieged southern regional capital, British soldiers are fighting a familiar war. Many are veterans of urban conflicts in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, where having a light touch to win over skeptical civilians was as important as having a heavy hand with the enemy.
March 31, 2003 |
Iraqi troops fired machine guns and artillery shells at several hundred refugees fleeing Basra yesterday, triggering a shoot-out with British soldiers that pinned terrified refugees in the cross fire. Mothers in black Islamic garments clutched crying babies to their chests. Young men tightly held the hands of their grandmothers. And an old, sun-weathered man with a cane briefly looked to the heavens and yelled, "Allah. God help me. " British forces on the outskirts of Basra are facing an Iraqi guerrilla campaign that is dragging them into an urban, low-tech war in which civilians are human shields and the enemy is not easily distinguishable.
June 17, 1988 |
The charred and twisted hulk of a blue van still littered a downtown street here yesterday - a reminder of the Irish Republican Army's latest strike in its escalating war against regular British army forces. Six off-duty British soldiers, who had driven the van down from their base in Londonderry to join 4,000 others in a 13-mile charity "fun run," died in the blast at sundown Wednesday. All were regular army soldiers from Britain, rather than Irish-born members of the Ulster Defense Regiment, who have handled many military chores in the province since the early 1970s under a policy of "Ulsterization.