RAF men killed in attack on Basra base

On the same morning that it was announced that charges would not be brought against Ruth Turner, Tony Blair’s personnel assistant and Lord Levy, his Middle East envoy and party fund raiser, Britain’s Ministry of Defence announced the deaths of three more military personnel.

Three Royal Air Force members were killed as a result of an “indirect fire attack on the Contingency Operating Base in Basra, Iraq.

“For operational security reasons we are unable to give any further details,” a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said on Friday.

The next of kin have been informed and the men may be named later today.

The deaths bring the total number of British military casualties since hostilities in Iraq began to 162.

The MoD spokeswoman would not elaborate on the circumstances of the deaths or if the three men were evacuated or died at the scene.

The deaths follow two further fatalities on July 7 when Lance Corporal Ryan Francis, 23, of 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh, and Corporal Christopher Read, 22, of 158 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police were killed.

Lnc Cpl Francis from Llanelli, south Wales was killed by an improvised explosive devise in north Basra during a large-scale operation to arrest individuals suspected of attacks.