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

Richard North: Another half-hearted war, another defeat

Calling the British Army's withdrawal from Sangin a 'redeployment' betrays a lack of political will reminiscent of Iraq

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The US military was critical of the way UK forces conducted themselves at the end of their deployment

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As The Last Post sounded, the wind that had buffeted the National Memorial Arboretum suddenly dropped and the billowing flags hung forlornly as heads were bowed in silence.

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He had complaints but was certainly one of the quieter ones in the party

Baha Mousa case: Colonel 'kept out of the loop'

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Simon Carr: Weak questioning gets answers it deserves

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Basra in 2006: The height of the insurgency

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The day that all hell broke loose in Basra

The war was over, soldiers felt safe enough to wear berets and to patrol the streets of southern Iraq in soft-skinned jeeps. But the sense of improving security in Basra was tragically short lived.

Leading article: The Army will ultimately benefit from this scrutiny

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Baha Mousa's killer to speak at inquiry

The only soldier to be convicted in relation to the death of the Iraqi hotel worker Baha Mousa is to give evidence at a public inquiry in London today.

Christina Patterson: Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to Basra

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