Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Airport Road a No-Go Zone for Brits

I can't bear to see this blog go silent, so let's see if I still know how to use Blogger.

The British Embassy in Iraq has ordered its staff not to use the road linking Baghdad to the Baghdad International Airport and has banned all use of commercial airplanes flying out of Baghdad as well:

The warning is in sharp contrast to more optimistic statements from US military commanders after the capture of Fallujah in which they have spoken of "breaking the back of the insurgency".

The embassy says that the road between Baghdad and the international airport, perhaps the most important highway in the country, is now too dangerous to use. The advice says starkly: "With effect from 28 November, the British embassy ceased all movements on the Baghdad International airport road."

And if you are wondering what happened to all those high explosives looted from al Qaqaa, wonder no more.

A suicide bomb killed seven Iraqi soldiers and police and wounded nine in an attack in the town of Baghdadi, 120 miles north-west of the capital. Two US soldiers were killed and three wounded by a roadside bomb in north-west Baghdad. Hitherto, roadside bombs have consisted of several artillery shells detonated by a command wire or by remote control. But the US military say the insurgents have started using shaped charges which direct the blast towards a target.