Basra council demands withdrawal of Danish troops

Basra’s provincial council today demanded the withdrawal of Denmark’s 530-member military contingent from southern Iraq unless the Danish government apologises for the publication of the contentious Prophet Mohammed caricatures.

Basra’s provincial council today demanded the withdrawal of Denmark’s 530-member military contingent from southern Iraq unless the Danish government apologises for the publication of the contentious Prophet Mohammed caricatures.

Basra council “demands the withdrawal of all Danish forces from inside Basra until the Danish government apologises to all Muslims in the world,” according to a statement given to The Associated Press.

Danish troops are based in Qurnah, about 35 miles north of Basra, and are under overall British command.

Although the council action has no legal force, it reflects growing tension between Shiite authorities in south-eastern Iraq and the multi-national force.

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