British deploying ROUSes near Basra

July 11, 2007

(I guess that should be RsOUS.)

British troops blamed for ‘badger’ plague

British forces in the Iraqi city of Basra are being blamed for a plague of vicious badger-like creatures which have attacked livestock – and even humans….

“I was sleeping when this strange animal hit me on my head,” said Suad Hassan, a 30-year-old housewife. “My husband hurried to shoot it but it was as swift as a deer.”…

Sattar Jabbar, a 50-year-old farmer from north of Basra said: “I saw it at night attacking animals. It even ate a cow. It tore the cow up piece by piece,” he said….

“This animal appeared following a raid to the region by the British forces,” said Ali Mohsen, who farms near a British air base. “They probably released this animal into the area.”…

“They are known locally as al-Girta,” he said. “Talk that this animal was brought by the British forces is incorrect.”…

“They are native to the region but rare in Iraq. They’re nocturnal carnivores with a fearsome reputation, but they don’t stalk humans and carry them back to their lair,” he said.

Perhaps they got the idea of deploying ratels from the South Africans.

(Read on for video.)

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