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    Saudi fighters 'are leading the surge in attacks on British troops'

    Foreign terrorists, led by fighters from Saudi Arabia, are behind an upsurge in attacks against British troops in Basra, military sources said yesterday.

    As the Army suffered the highest number of fatal attacks in a month since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, commanders on the ground are concerned at the level of sophistication and ferocity of the assaults.


    The Saudi influence on terrorism in Shia-dominated Basra has not been previously reported [must be a typo here] but has caused concern among military commanders because of their training, technology and finance.

    Although the majority of Saudi Arabians are Sunni, the minority Shia have taken part in terrorist attacks.


    Morale is also being affected by the continual danger, with older soldiers saying the apprehension is similar to that experienced on the streets of Northern Ireland in the 70s and early 80s.

    "People are dying and morale is being affected by it," said an officer operating in Iraq.

    "The perception is that attacks are becoming more lethal and better targeted and the delivery process is more effective. There is a definite sense that we are still making progress but because there is no real defence against IEDs people are feeling a bit glummer."

    Commanders are concerned that Saudi and other foreign fighters are co-ordinating the attacks in a "consensual environment", in which the locals will not tell the military where roadside bombs have been planted. "The concern is that support for our presence is going down," a defence source said.

    How will this be finessed by the Bushies? Surely no more photos of W holding hands with Princes.

    Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

    by bumblebums on Wed May 31, 2006 at 08:24:46 AM PDT

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