What were they thinking?

I came across this report of that botched British Army operation to free some British (undercover?) soldiers from jail in Basra.

And more here (with pictures) from the BBC.

I have been concerned for awhile that the British in Basra haven't really been pulling their weight. Its just a hunch I have, but the initial "we know what we're doing, and the Americans are too heavy handed" comments from the British military in 2003, particularly after the insurgency in the Sunni triangle started, made me question whether the British command really had an idea of what they were in Iraq for.

Just what do they think driving tanks through a jail wall is?

The British have just screwed up big time. I don't even want to think about the implications of this.

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