Soldiers executed by Iraqis.Byline: By CHRIS HUGHES
TWO wounded British soldiers were executed by Iraqi military intelligence after the army put them in unnecessary danger, a coroner said yesterday.
Staff sergeant staff sergeant
a. Abbr. SSG A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Army that is above sergeant and below sergeant first class.
b. Abbr. SSgt A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Simon Cullingworth, 36, and sapper Luke Allsopp, 24, thought they were being driven to hospital after being dragged from their ambushed Land Rover See LANRover. .
Instead they were stripped of their weapons and body armour and taken to a Ba'ath HQ outside the flashpoint town of Al Zubayr, near Basra.
They were then moved to an Iraqi military intelligence compound where they were shot dead from at least two rifles and a pistol.
Oxford coroner Andrew Walker was told by an army investigator it was common practice for Iraqi intelligence to kill prisoners.
He said: "It would seem from the evidence the men were murdered by Iraqi intelligence. They were shot and killed in that compound."
He also condemned the army for not anticipating the danger in which the soldiers were placed.
The ambush took place on the same road where ITN ITN n abbr (Brit) (= Independent Television News) → chaîne de télévision commerciale
ITN (Brit) n abbr (TV) (= Independent Television News) → broadcaster Terry Lloyd, 51, was killed in crossfire A multi-GPU interface from ATI for connecting two ATI display adapters together for faster graphics rendering on one monitor. CrossFire machines require PCI Express slots, a CrossFire-enabled motherboard and, depending on which models are used, either a pair of ATI Radeon adapters or one the day before.
Army chiefs would have known of Mr Lloyd's death when the men were told which route to use. But instead of avoiding the town they were told to go through the outskirts where they became trapped.
Mr Walker said: "The failure adequately to plan for and warn of the dangers was a contributory factor to the men's deaths."
Verdict: Unlawful killing.
VICTIM: Luke' KILLED: Simon