3 Brits face court martial for refusing war orders

LouPaulsen LouPaulsen at attbi.com
Sun Mar 30 22:48:35 MST 2003


Three British soldiers in Iraq have been ordered home after objecting to the
conduct of the war. It is understood they have been sent home for protesting
that the war is killing innocent civilians.
The three soldiers - including a private and a technician - are from 16 Air
Assault Brigade which is deployed in southern Iraq. Its task has been to
protect oilfields.

The brigade includes the Ist and 3rd battalions of the Parachute Regiment,
the 1st battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment, a Royal Horse Artillery
regiment, and a reconnaissance squadron of the Household Cavalry.

The three soldiers, based in Colchester, Essex, face court martial and are
seeking legal advice, defence sources said yesterday.


Any refusal of soldiers to obey orders is highly embarrassing to the
government, with ministers becoming increasingly worried about the way the
war is developing.

It is also causing concern to British military chiefs who are worried about
growing evidence of civilians being killed in fighting involving American
soldiers around urban areas in southern Iraq.

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