Iraq: Teenage girl killed for loving a British soldier
Rand's mother, who divorced her husband after the killing, is now in hiding from her family and being looked after by a local charity. 'She has been threatened by her husband's family and is very scared,' said a charity spokeswoman.
An MoD spokesman said there was no official policy on advising troops how to behave with Iraqi women, indicating that Paul would not have been told that their friendship might be putting her life at risk. 'They are not told: don't go and fall in love.'
Though this is believed to be the first 'honour killing' involving a British soldier, there were 47 such killings of young women in Basra last year, though only three convictions, said the Basra Security Committee.
By: Afif Sarhan
27 April 2008
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