September 28, 2005
The Wisdom Fund

Basra: Were the 'British' Undercover Agents Carrying Explosives? Why?

This may undermine the U.S. and British rationale for prolonging the occupation of Iraq

by Enver Masud

British armed forces broke into Basra jail, and freed two undercover, "British" agents arrested by the Iraqi police while allegedly traveling in an unmarked car, in civilian - some say Arab - dress, and in possession of explosives.

An Iraqi defence ministry source said: "The dramatic show of strength, also allowed about 150 Iraqi prisoners to escape," reported the Times of London.

Details of the arrest and the subsequent breakout from the Basra jail, including the nationality of the men arrested, have been contested.

The Guardian reports that an Iraqi judge has "renewed arrest warrants for two British soldiers who were rescued from jail."

The accompanying photos are said to be of the two "British" agents arrested on September 19, and the items found in the car they were driving.

The key issue, however, is: "Were the two 'British' agents carrying explosives, and what did they intend to do with them?"

If, as some allege, their purpose was to attack Iraqis, and make it appear to be the work of other Iraqi's, it would lend substance to allegations that the Americans and/or British are responsible for some of these attacks.

And it would undermine the U.S. and British rationale for prolonging the occupation.

At the very least, the 'British' agents may be classified as unlawful combatants, and if incarcerating unlawful combatants indefinitely in Guantanamo is lawful, then the Iraqis should have the right to hold the 'British' agents.

Henry H. Shelton, Head US Special Forces: [The special forces are used] to put down rebellions or to start one.--"60 Minutes," April 30, 1995 [On October 1, 1997, Gen. Shelton became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.]

Enver Masud, "Who's Terrorizing Whom," The Wisdom Fund, March 26, 1996

Enver Masud, "Deadly Deception, Pretexts for War," The Wisdom Fund, July 30, 2001

Robert Fisk, "All This Talk of Civil War, and Now This Carnage. Coincidence?," Independent, March 3, 2004

Michael Hirsh and John Barry, "'The Salvador Option': The Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping teams in Iraq," Newsweek, January 10, 2005

Jeffrey Fleishman, "Risk of Civil War Spreads Fear Across Nation," Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2005

Juan Cole, "British Storm Basra Jail with Tanks," Informed Comment, September 20, 2005

Nafeez Ahmed, "Caught Red-Handed," Institute for Policy Research & Development, September 23, 2005

Raymond Whitaker and Sarah Tejal Dave, "So what were two undercover British soldiers up to in Basra," Independent, September 25, 2005

Michael Keefer, "Were British Special Forces Soldiers Planting Bombs in Basra?,", September 25, 2005

Michael Smith and Ali Rifat, "SAS in secret war against Iranian agents," Sunday Times, September 25, 2005

[Although reported initially by the Times and the Mail, all mention of the explosives allegedly found in the SAS men's unmarked Cressida vanished from the news. . . .

The Anglo-American goal of "federalism" for Iraq is part of an imperial strategy of provoking divisions in a country where traditionally the communities have overlapped, even intermarried. The Osama-like promotion of al-Zarqawi is integral to this.--John Pilger, "Sinister Events in a Cynical War," New Statesman, September 27, 2005]

Reliable sources have reported to The Wisdom Fund that the SAS agents were in Basra to create an incident which would be blamed on Iran in an attempt to get Iran to give in to the US/British demand to forego nuclear activities which are in compliance with the NPT.--October 10, 2005

VIDEO: Alex Jones, "Terror Storm: A Chronicle of False Flag Terrorism," Prison Planet TV, July 12, 2006

Sean Rayment, "Top secret army cell breaks terrorists," Sunday Telegraph, February 5, 2007

Martin Chulov, "Basra in southern Iraq has been transformed - thanks to oil," Sunday Guardian, October 11, 2010

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