[JURIST] A spokesman for the UK Forces in the Gulf issued the following statement early Thursday (GMT) concerning video of UK casualties [BBC News report] televised on Al Jazeera TV Wednesday:
We are shocked and appalled that the Iraqi regime have released close-up television pictures that they claim show dead UK military personnel. This is a flagrant and disgraceful breach of the Geneva Convention. We have yet to undertake formal identification, but it is probable that these are the two personnel currently listed as missing. The next of kin have been informed that these soldiers have now been categorised as missing believed killed. Our thoughts are with their families and friends. We deplore the decision by Al Jazeera to broadcast such material and call upon them to desist immediately. We request all media outlets not to become tools for Iraqi propaganda by rebroadcasting such material.Get more details on Operation Telic [official website], the UK military's Iraq campaign.