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Monday, 20 February 2006

Two items from different papers today..

First from the Daily Mirror

TWO Iraqi rioters suspected of trying to kill British troops face a "brutal" grilling - from their own side.

The men were among four filmed being beaten by baton-wielding soldiers after home-made grenades were hurled into a UK military base.

Iraqi officials have vowed to prosecute them for attempted murder. If convicted, they face jail in appalling conditions.

A Whitehall source said yesterday: "Local police know exactly who they are and lifting them shouldn't be a problem.

"They'll be dealt with far more brutally by their own people than by our soldiers."

Secondly from The Times

A BRITISH army sergeant killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq four months ago may have been the victim of a rogue Iraqi police attack, an investigation into his death has discovered.

New evidence on the killing of Sergeant Chris Hickey, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, last October emerged yesterday, as it was revealed that two British soldiers were facing possible murder charges for allegedly shooting an Iraqi in the head.

The suspicion that Iraqi police were behind the death of Sergeant Hickey would appear to undermine the comment from John Reid, the Defence Secretary, yesterday that it was “not far off” from when British troops could start coming home from Iraq.

Sergeant Hickey had spent the six months before his death training the Iraqi police who would play a key role in maintaining stability in Iraq.

Different papers, different incidents. Common thread.

Posted on 02/20/2006 10:52 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 20 February 2006

This has caught my fancy from the BBC.


The planning agency which designed Milton Keynes has been handed the job of reshaping a city which is no stranger to adversity: Najaf, in Iraq.

At first glance the stacks of labelled box files which line one wall of Martin Crookston's London office are a trot through some familiar locations in provincial England.

Smethwick, Birmingham, the Black Country and Telford, Newcastle, Najaf.…

And while most of the residents of the holy city have probably never heard of Milton Keynes, the company assigned the job of reshaping Najaf was responsible for designing Britain's most infamous new town.

Much has changed since 1970, when Richard Llewelyn Davies laid down plans for a new settlement to cater for the growing number of families fleeing London in search of a better life.

By the 1980s Milton Keynes had become a byword for both the pros and cons of post-war British urban planning. It was to some a spacious, modern, landscaped town, and to others a dystopic, soulless home to shopping centres and skateboard parks…..

Anybody who knows Milton Keynes will be familiar with the famous concrete cows.  Apparently the artist also made a concrete pig but it was so big she couldn’t get it out of the studio door.  Phew!                  

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Posted on 02/20/2006 10:07 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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