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randyval

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http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/
SHAMED BY 42 BRAINLESS BLOWS

By Robert Kellaway

TODAY we expose a rogue squad of British soldiers who savagely attacked a defenceless bunch of Iraqi teenagers —and with 42 brutal blows brought shame on our nation and its proud army.

The horrifying scenes on these pages will shock the world and ignite a huge military scandal.

They were captured on a secret home video — apparently filmed for "fun" by a corporal—and show at least eight of his hulking comrades cruelly:

DRAGGING four weedy rioters—all apparently in their early teens—off the street and behind the high walls of a secluded army compound,

BEATING them senseless with vicious blows from batons, boots and fists,

IGNORING their pitiful pleas for mercy, until the incident climaxes with what appears to be an NCO delivering a sickening full-force kick in the genitals of a cringeing lad pinned to the ground.

All the while the callous cameraman delivers a stomach-churning commentary urging his mates on, cackling with laughter and screaming: "Oh yes! Oh yes! You're gonna get it. Yes, naughty little boys! You little f***ers, you little f***ers. DIE! Ha, ha!"

Insult

The video—later shown to the corporal's pals at their home base in Europe—was exposed to the News of the World by a disgusted whistleblower.

He told us the unit and regiment involved but for security reasons we are not publishing the details.

Our informant said: "These Iraqis were just kids. Most haven't even got shoes on.

"Those eight soldiers were pumped up and out of control. They're an insult to the thousands of soldiers who have worked so hard in Iraq with courage and dignity for so long.

"They're nothing but a gang of thugs, a disgrace to themselves, their regiment and country."

The cowardly beating is believed to have taken place in early 2004 amid a series of street riots in southern Iraq. Troops were involved in running battles with hundreds of screaming demonstrators armed with stones, sticks, shovels and home-made grenades.

The atmosphere and tension comes across vividly in the video, believed to have been shot from a rooftop within the troops' HQ compound. The muzzle of an Army SA80 rifle laid on its side is visible in the foreground.

A DIY grenade lands and explodes inside the compound—blasting out shrapnel and a cloud of grey-white smoke. A fire blazes just outside the perimeter wall sending up a pall of black fumes as crowds of rioters chant abuse at the soldiers. Dozens of youths run towards the compound hurling stones, but suddenly turn on their heels—chased by a unit of squaddies in combat helmets with riot visors and desert camouflage. Some of the soldiers are wearing flak vests and are armed with batons and rifles.

A crackling radio message to the troops pinpoints a target: "Black top, blue bottoms! Black top, blue bottoms! GO!"

The camera then cuts to eight soldiers returning with four prisoners, gripped in headlocks. The squad march their captives to the compound gate and drag them inside—out of sight from the rioters outside. Then the horror begins.

PRISONER 1 is hauled in wearing a dark blue T-shirt, blue jeans and white trainers—the only victim not in bare feet.

His captor releases the headlock, stands him up and—with combat helmet on and visor down—lands a crushing head butt. He rips the youngster's T-shirt over his head and smashes his right fist twice into his kidneys and once into his head.

In panic the terrified captive desperately clings to the lanyard of the soldier's baton in an attempt to stop it being used on him.

His pitiful cries of "No! Please!" are clearly heard. But the mocking commentator merely puts on a childlike voice and mimics his Iraqi accent: "No, pleeese—don't hurt me."

Another soldier grabs the lad by the neck and hurls him to the floor to be kicked and beaten again. The head-butt soldier then raises his baton and brings it crashing down on him.

PRISONER 2, in blue T-shirt and grey trousers, is marched in, gripped by the shoulder. His captor forces him to the ground and hits him about the body and legs with his baton.

As he unleashes ten blows the boy twists and squirms around the soldier's ankles trying to save himself. A soldier in a floppy hat—not part of the snatch squad—looks on. He is clearly unsure of what to do but does not look alarmed or make any attempt to stop the beating.

Instead he helps fix plastic restraining ties on the lad's wrists. Another burly soldier, in desert camouflage and webbing belt with water bottle attached, strides up and whacks the Iraqi's backside with a baton. The prisoner's feet jerk in agony before he appears to pass out, a dark patch that looks like blood around his head. Meanwhile PRISONER 3, in white T-shirt and jeans, is booted in the back and body six times by two soldiers.

As he struggles on the floor one squaddie grabs him by the shoulder, kicks him twice and cracks him about the legs and bare feet with his baton.

PRISONER 4, barefoot in light blue T-shirt with beige trousers, is beaten before being picked bodily off the ground like a sack of potatoes, dumped on his chest and held with his arms up his back by two of the squad.

One soldier, identified by our source as a sergeant, walks up behind him and kicks him hard between the legs from behind.

The boy's body arches in pain and the soldier behind the camera is heard poking fun and groaning: "Oorrgghh!"

As another squad troop past and take no notice a soldier's voice is heard to scream: "In the f***ing head!"

The beating sequence on the video, which appears to be a series of excerpts from the incident, takes up 60 seconds of the 3minute 12second tape. Our investigators counted 42 separate blows but there were probably many more not caught on camera.

The video also has two other shocking sequences. In one, the camera approaches an Iraqi corpse while a soldier draws back a blanket to display it as a sickening trophy.

Sniggers

The cameraman then commits an act considered the ultimate insult to an Iraqi—and kicks the dead man twice in the face, humiliating him in death. As the head of the man, aged in his 20s, is lifted to face the lens a soldier sniggers: "He's been a bad mother****er."

Another scene shows an Iraqi man grabbed by three soldiers and forced to kneel behind a wall where he is kicked hard in the chest.

The video came to light following the unit's return home. Our source was horrified when he saw it and vowed the tape MUST be made public to force the army to clamp down on the abuse of prisoners—and protect the reputations of more than 80,000 dedicated British troops—including 101 killed and 230 injured—who have served in Iraq since the start of the second Gulf war.

He told us: "I'm sure those Iraqis weren't innocent little boys—I bet they'd all been slinging rocks and maybe even explosives. But that's no excuse for a beating like that.

"The ringleader was supposed to be a senior sergeant. Instead of reeling the lads in and calming them down, he was in the thick of it, urging them on. He even kicked that boy straight in the b***s with two other soldiers twice the lad's size holding him face down.

"That's sick. You could understand some terrified 19-year-old private losing it. But that's what NCOs are for—to lead and set an example."

Last night we handed our dossier of evidence to the Ministry of Defence. A Military Police investigation is now under way.
 
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Ditto Much

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If Brits are dumb enough to have pride in the military they're lost from the start. Hint you've always been pigs everywhere you have ever gone and its been the cause of half the wars we're still stuck with.
 

man_slut

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I don't get who Britain and the US is trying to fool with this "civil democratic society" shit when they are the worst perpetraitors of democracy!:mad:
 
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man_slut

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Just read this article... It does a good job at pointing out the hypocracy of our leading democracies:

British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Teens
The Axis of Child Abusers
By LILA RAJIVA

British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed Iraqi teenagers in an army compound. Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly for fun as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower. The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs. Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four teens whom the whistle blower said were just kids who did not even have on shoes.

One soldier can also be seen kicking a dead Iraqi in the face. The unidentified cameraman can be heard laughing and urging his colleagues on with vulgarities. (1)

This, mind you, is kinder gentler Britain, whose exemplary interaction with the locals at Basra was held up as a model for American forces. The new video shows this up for the nonsense it is; the Brits on tape are every bit as gung--ho and turned--on torturers of detainees as the soldiers at Abu Ghraib were.

And underage detainees at that. Nothing new there either, of course. Despite all the breast--beating, the fact remains that the two worst crimes coming out of the prison scandal (assuming one can make a hierarchy of these things) -- the abuse of children and the complicity of medical personnel -- have yet to be given anything like serious examination by the fourth estate here.

So now Britain too is a paid--up member of the Axis of Child Abusers.

Paid--up member two: The US.

In July 2004, Germanys TV news magazine, Report Mainz, cited accounts by the International Committee of the Red Cross that there were over 100 children in US custody and that soldiers had abused children. An eye--witness, Sergeant Provance, even described how interrogators molested a 15-- year old girl and physically abused a 16--year old boy. (2)

More sensationally, in a taped lecture at the ACLU during the same summer, veteran investigative reporter, Seymour Hersh claimed that he had heard tapes of children screaming as they were being sodomized in front of their parents.(3)
Hersh was late on the story. Buried in a Denver Post article a few months earlier was a brief but chilling reference to the rape of a young Iraqi boy by an American soldier. (4)

Paid--up member one:

Israel, whose soldiers routinely mow down Palestinian children in their homes and schools. Just recently, nine--year--old Aya Astal was shot in the neck and had her stomach blown open when she wandered too close to Israels security fence. (5)

But a whole troupe of little ghosts go before her: Fifth grader, Ghadir Mukheimer, a ten--year--old schoolgirl whom Israeli occupation troops shot in the chest and killed in October, 2004 while she was sitting at her desk inside a United Nations school in a Gaza refugee camp. (6)

And thirteen--year--old Iman al--Hams skipping to school, left to die in a pool of blood when ambulances were denied access. Her body was riddled with 20 bullets -- 5 to her head -- most pumped into her body after death by Israeli soldiers.(7)

And four--month--old Iman Hajjour, killed at Khan Younis refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip by Israeli shelling that also left her mother and sister seriously injured. (8)
Officials have deliberately withheld the name of the regiment to which the perps in the British video belong. But maybe the public should demand it. Heres why.

In May 2004, when photos surfaced in the Daily Mirror (UK) of members of the Queens Lancashire Regiment beating up and urinating on a hooded Iraqi detainee, General Sir Michael Jackson, Chief of the General Staff, rushed to claim that they only showed an isolated incident caused by the "ill discipline of a few soldiers." But as The Independent pointed out immediately, by May 2004, the QLR ( as well as the Royal Fusiliers and Black Watch) was already involved in six cases of death or severe abuse that the Royal Military Police had not yet completed investigated and that dated back more than a year. In May 2004, it was also eight months since the killing of 26--year--old Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist beaten to death in September 2003 by members of the same QLR. (9)

The QLR was at the time also facing a charge of having murdered an Iraqi detainee.

But in May 2004, the editor of the Mirror, Piers Morgan, was actually forced to resign over the abuse photos published in his paper. A government investigation -- never actually documented publicly -- found that they were hoaxed. The Mirrors owners, Trinity Mirror, and several prominent US corporations which held shares in Trinity, had opposed the Mirrors anti--war stance long before the publication of the photos and it was their pressure that led to Morgans sacking on May 14.

Whatever the merits of the hoax allegation -- and mind you, it could plausibly have been a piece of government disinformation intended to muddy the whole business -- what it effectively accomplished was to take the spotlight off the QLR and other British troops in Basra and distance them from the Abu Ghraib torture scandal which was at the time just breaking in the world press. The new video shows just how important it was for the spot--light to be shifted somewhere else.

Should it turn out that the QLR was also involved in child--abuse in Iraq, some one just might want to go back and check out the real story behind those hoaxed pictures.

There just might be more to it than what the government supposedly found.

And Piers Morgan just might be due an apology.


Lila Rajiva is a free-lance journalist and author of "The Language of Empire: Abu Ghraib and the American media," (Monthly Review Press). She can be reached at: lrajiva@hotmail.com



(1) British troops videoed 'beating Iraqis', Jo Revill and Ned Temko, The Observer, February 12, 2006. See also Blair Promises Iraq Abuse Probe, BBC, February 12, 2006. According to one progressive website, the cameraman is caught on tape gloating, "Oh yes! Oh yes! You're gonna get it. Yes, naughty little boys! You little f***ers, you little f***ers. DIE! Ha, ha!"
(2) Iraqs Child Prisoners, Neil Mackay, Sunday Herald, August 1, 2004. Iraqi Children Among Abused Prisoners at Abu Ghraib, The Scotsman, May 7, 2004.

(3) US Silent on Torture of Children, Lisa Ashkenaz Croke, New Standard, August 16, 2004. Sy Hersh at ACLU Convention, Linda Wymore, Mother Jones, July 16, 2004.

(4) Sex Assault Cases in Iraq Often Stall, Miles Moffeit, Denver Post, April 12, 2004.

(5) Israel's shooting of young girl highlights international hypocrisy, say Palestinians, Chris McGreal in Khan Yunis, The Guardian, January 30, 2006.

(6) Israel Kills Palestinian Girl in Classroom: Doctors tried in vain to save fatally wounded Ghadeer, Islam Online, October 13, 2004.

(7)The Blood of Iman Al-- Hams, Amira Hass, Haaretz, February 9, 2005. See also http://www.palestinemonitor.org/

(8)3 more die in Mideast, Israel takes arms ship, Dispatch Online, May 8, 2001.

(9) Seven Iraqis die in British custody. How many soldiers are charged? None: This is not the first incident to involve the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and allegations of brutality, Andrew Johnson and Severin Carrell, The Independent, 2 May 2004
 

man_slut

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Originally posted by deafplayer
I guess no scandalization yet over the reports of bodies *mutilated* by UKUSA troops...

But...but... I thought that was the work of evil Muslims... Not a free Democratic county!?????? Say it ain't so?:eek: This has to be an isolated case! This can't be systemic! Can it? :confused: *sarcasm*
 
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Taro

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Originally posted by randyval
the guy filming it is one sick fuck.

seriously, his orgasmic cries *yes, yes*, while imprisoned people are being beaten is f@cking disgusting.
 
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