Islamists release 'tape of deadly first ambush'

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A video purportedly showing a suicide attack on British troops outside Baghdad has been posted on an Islamic website.

A video purportedly showing a suicide attack on British troops outside Baghdad has been posted on an Islamic website.

Al-Qa'ida-linked followers of the Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had earlier claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday which killed three soldiers south of Baghdad.

A subtitle claims "The first martyrdom operation against the British forces in Baghdad" before the video shows a car slowly driving down a road before it bursts into flames. No military vehicle is seen nearby. Off-camera, a voice yells out "Allahu Akbar," or "God is Great."

The tape then shows military vehicles and a helicopter hovering nearby. At one point, a voice proclaims: "I swear ... that the head of America has been rolled in the dust and trampled on by our heroes."

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