3/09/2003

Iraqi troops challenge the French record for fastest surrender

According to a Sunday Mirror story Iraq is challenging the French record for speed capitulation but has false started. A unit of British commandos from the 16th Air Assault Brigade were conducting live fire exercises near the Iraqi border when a group of 12 Iraqi troops carrying white flags approached them and tried to surrender, having mistaken the exercise for the start of the war. Unfortunately for the eager capitulators as hostilities have not commenced they cannot be taken prisoner and were sent back to their side of the border to wait for a week or so before giving up. Lets hope CNN have sent a good compliment of journalists this time, judging by this incident accepting Iraqi surrenders is going to be the main task for everyone in the region for the next few weeks