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British headlines: "SIX BRITISH SOLDIERS DIE"

"Cold Blooded Murder" say the government.

(No mention of Iraqi casaualties)

The British version
9.30am Tuesday
A joint British patrol with Iraqi guards and interpreters searches for arms. They are attacked by a crowd throwing stones. They come under fire from Iraqis and return fire. A vehicle is hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. One British soldier is wounded. A rapid reaction force, including light tanks and a Chinook helicopter, arrives to help, but the helicopter also comes under fire. It retreats, after seven people on board are wounded, two seriously. A second rapid reaction force arrives and recovers the wounded ground soldier.
11am A police station comes under fire. The siege lasts two hours. Six British military police training Iraqi police officers are found dead.

The Iraqi version
Monday morning
British troops patrol town searching for weapons. This provokes demonstration outside police station. Agreement townspeople will disarm within a month.
Tuesday 7am British troops continue to search.
9.30am Iraqi civilians gather in bazaar and confront British paratroopers. Rocks are thrown. Troops fire rubber bullets. Former Ba'athist leader opens fire with handgun. British troops open fire: five Iraqis killed and 13 injured. Crowd disperses.
11am Armed Iraqi crowd arrives at police station. Police inside advise British military police to leave. They refuse.
12.45pm Police station stormed by Iraqis.
3pm Bodies of the six military police recovered.

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