Two women were among four British soldiers killed by a roadside bomb near Basra, southern Iraq, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. A fifth soldier was also "very seriously injured".
Tony Blair said it was too soon to link the attack to Iran, but he accused the country of "financing, arming and supporting terrorism in Iraq". And he contrasted the soldiers' deaths with the safe return of the 15 British sailors and marines held captive in Iran.
The British army's spokesman in Iraq said there has been a "steady increase" in the number of attacks on UK troops. This latest incident brings the total number of UK troops killed in operations in Iraq to 140.To see the full article please click on the title