May 06, 2006


Basra violence as helicopter downed

Tonight : British forces are in deep trouble in Basra.

A helicopter has been shot down and a number of British airmen killed -
people in the streets cheered as the wreckage burned in a grim
demonstration of how much local hearts and minds have been lost.

In the rioting that followed, Basra police say several more people were
killed and injured, including children. We'll be assessing what has
gone wrong with the local Shia militia who are rejecting their political
leadership and sticking to violence and we'll be asking whether the
British can stem the deterioration before it is time to leave.



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