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Pray for our men and women in the sandpit.

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.