News he giant Rumaila oilfield, near Basra, produces a third of Iraq's oil output. The British security man allegedly at the centre of religious unrest works at a camp run by oil services group Schlumberger

At a time of tremendous religious significance for the Shia, the insensitive actions of a British security man appear to have sparked a major crisis

ARMY ON TRIAL: British convoy bombed as militants vent anger over `election success'

THE ANNOUNCEMENT of the charges against seven paratroopers for the alleged murder of an Iraqi civilian could not have come at a more sensitive time for British forces in the country.

ARMY ON TRIAL: From Oldham to Basra: a journey that changed the life of a young man

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Black Watch leave 'Triangle of Death'

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British soldier killed in Basra was his platoon's 'backbone'

A family was in mourning last night for a British soldier killed in Basra, the third serviceman to die in the Iraqi city in the past 10 days. L/Cpl Paul Thomas was killed when his patrol was attacked by about 50 Iraqi insurgents firing rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

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