Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dad Hits out over Murders

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dad Hits out over Murders

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Byline: By Paul McMillan

Military top brass are still refusing to pass on a series of key details surrounding the deaths of two North East soldiers in Iraq to Army prosecutors.

Cpl Simon Miller, 21, of Washington, and Cpl Paul Long, 24, originally from South Shields, were among six Red Caps murdered by a mob while visiting Iraqi police stations in Al-Majar-Al-Kabir in 2003.

An inquest last year found the group were carrying just 50 rounds of ammunition each, instead of 150, and could not call for help because they did not have satellite telephones.

Lack of communication between the Red Caps and Paras meant they did not know other soldiers had been in firefights earlier in the day.

And they could not contact Army reinforcements, now known to have been just hundreds of yards away.

In November 2004 an Army board of inquiry found no conclusive evidence that the deaths could have been prevented but their families claimed the report was a whitewash. …

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