Brigadier Andrew Kennett to give evidence about order to take dead Iraqis from battle scene to British army camp in May 2004
6 January 2014 - In a little-noticed public inquiry, traumatised British soldiers have broken down as they recounted their experiences of a fierce and bloody battle with Iraqi insurgents and were asked about claims that they executed 20 unarmed Iraqi civilians and tortured others.
The inquiry, into the aftermath of the notorious battle of Danny Boy in May 2004, named after a British checkpoint north of Basra, will resume on Tuesday with key evidence from a commanding officer whose decisions shaped the battle and what followed.
His men have described how they were ambushed, jumped out of their Warrior vehicles, fixed bayonets and engaged in close-quarter fighting with Iraqi supporters of the Shia militia led by Moqtada al-Sadr. They described horrific scenes as they killed and wounded Iraqis armed with machine guns, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. read more>>>