From the UK Times Online.
Brit press kicked out of Basra, told conflicting tales.
“This was a small unrepresentative crowd (200-300) in a city of 1.5 million” _Statement by Brigadier John Lorimer, Commander 12 Mechanised Brigade.
“The crowd was at least 1,000, probably more” _Captain James Bradford, No 2 Company Coldstream Guards.
“We’ve heard nothing to suggest we stormed the prison. We understand there were negotiations”_MoD spokesman three hours after Warriors attacked the compound.
“I am glad to say that the three young men in those pictures have injuries which are not serious” _John Reid.
“A number [were] hit by petrol bombs of whom one is sadly in a serious condition,and has been taken back to the UK”_Lt-Col Nick Henderson, Coldstream Guards.
“There has not been a fundamental breakdown in trust between the British Government and the Iraqi Government”_John Reid, Wednesday.
“The governing council decided to stop all co-operation with the British”_Basra governor Mohammed al-Waili yesterday.