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You British should be proud for giving our children a future

THEY are laughing families enjoying fairground rides and ice creams in a scene familiar to millions of us.

But this is war-ravaged Basra in Iraq, which until last year was one of the most violent places on Earth.

Where a bloody insurgency once raged, shoppers now pack the pavement cafes and busy souks overlooking the River Euphrates.


Like many here, dad-of-three Mohammed Qassim, 35, credits British forces with achieving this cherished new peace.

Tucking into buffalo liver at a floating restaurant on the nearby Shatt al-Arab waterway, he insisted: “I say to British soldiers and their families, ‘Many, many thanks. You should be very proud, you have given our children a future’.”

Speaking over George Michael’s Careless Whisper playing on the restaurant stereo, the executive with Al-Mirbad radio, who earns £540 a month, added: “No one wanted foreign forces to co

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Added: Apr-24-2009 Occurred On: Apr-23-2009
By: luntyno18
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Iraq, Iran, Middle East
Tags: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/article2393036.ece
Location: Basra, Al Basrah, Iraq (load item map)
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  • I wonder how long that's going to last.

    I think there was too much bloodshed to reach this point, and we're not even really anywhere.

    anyhow, many thanks to those that made this a possibility.

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  • well done boyz. just wish the rest of that country was like that.

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  • Weapons of Mass Distraction

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  • Unfortunately, the entire country is far from achieving this level of peace. I'm sure the insurgents will continue to find a way to keep things in turmoil, especially when the troops have left.

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  • Who is this mexican?

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  • how many people said it couldnt be done? and the mahdi army got its ass kicked ! the people hate the militias and the death squads ! the u.s. and its allies will be known for the rebirth of iraq ! still people say that if we left iraq today that shit would fall apart, keep doubting ! you will be proved wrong again ! semper fi !

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    • killers and murderers always try to justify their crimes and portray themselves as nice guys.those western terrorists in uniforms are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands in iraq alone.all i can say is murderers and thugs please dont pat yourselves on the back.semper fi my ass!

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    • wow, yeah the marine corps goes around killing innocent civilians, sounds like youre running out of logical arguments! how would you know that the u.s. military kills civilians? let me guess... you have been hoping for the u.s. to fail in iraq and it hasnt . get off the band wagon, you are wrong ! the insurgents and terrorists have killed many tens of thousands more civilians much of the time on purpose ! just a few days ago, it happened again with suicide bombings killing innocent people, More..

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    • we dont kill,we dont torture,we dont nuke cities,we dont fire bomb cities,we dont rape,we donrt make necklaces out of ears and noses of viet congs,blah blah blah. facts are stronger then just simple believing. buddy if you still believe in all those fairy tales about american forces going around the world and helping peopke and spreading democracy,then my advice is to PLEASE GROW DE FUK UP! santa doesnt exist and the aint no tooth fairy either.GOod luck with dealing with reality whe More..

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  • The problem isnt with what the insurgents do, it's with how they think. What they do is a biproduct of what they think.
    If less and less people are born into extremism then it will eventually die down - which is why the 'war' in Iraq will be won in the minds of the Iraqi people only.

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  • just for your information:I have 1 iraqi friend who just came back from iraq:situation is extremely fucked up.no security nothing but you just dont hear it on tv anymore.
    the only reason for the relative peace and tranquility in basra is that you idiots gave iraq to iran,and basra was always the iranian stronghold,FOR THE TIME BEING its not in their interest to fight.
    but dont worry like the recent days have shown in iraq the moment they decide and push the button country goes back to violence More..

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  • title itself made me laugh let alone the whole post. hehe

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    • whats with the gay pathetic laugh at the end there batty boy? almost as pathetic as your religion. what?...cant take it when real Iraqi's like freedom?

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  • Im sure the fall in fatalities proves that the situation is getting better. My brother just came back from Iraq. he told me in the seven months he was there. six motars fell on their location. no small arms no rockets not even a stone.

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  • This is bad news to the libs

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  • hearts and minds, I keep both of mine guarded and it doesnt require a military.


    Next...

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