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Basra bloodshed shows Iraq’s Shi’ite south volatile

It was a commander’s nightmare. A British helicopter down. All five on board dead in the wreckage in the city center, surrounded by a jubilant mob. Hundreds of British troops sped to the scene. Youths attacked them with rocks, petrol bombs, explosives and mortars. They returned fire. Up to five Iraqis died in the mayhem. But for Brigadier James Everard, who arrived in Basra just days before to command British ground forces, what matters most is what did not happen — the crowd never swelled beyond a few hundred, the violence did not spread beyond the crash site. Full Story

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