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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
  More fallout from the Brit's Basra raid.
CNN.com - Iraq official questions UK action - Sep 21, 2005: "BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq's national security adviser has raised sharp questions about the way British forces handled the rescue of two of its undercover troops in Basra earlier this week and voiced concern about the infiltration of security forces by insurgents.

In London, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari discussed the incident with British Defence Secretary John Reid. Al-Jaafari said he did not know details of what happened but an inquiry was under way.

Reid defended the actions of British troops.

'We stand by the action of our forces on the ground. They did what they judged appropriate at the time and I commend their swift and decisive action in very difficult circumstances,' he said in a statement.

Al-Jaafari stressed the row over the incident would not affect relations betwen Iraq and Britain.

Basra remained tense after a British armored vehicle escorted by a tank crashed into a detention center and later rescued two undercover troops apparently held by Shiite militia."
 
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