1. The aim of this brief is to critically examine Baha Mousa incident in 2003 and make recommendations on the training and development of soldiers in order to prevent repetition of these behaviors.
2. The following are my recommendations pertaining to
a. Before soldiers go to operations, they should learn something about the local culture and language, and learn to appreciate the beauty and importance of local culture. Then they will realize that those local people are human being just like them, instead of treating them like animals. b. Officers should watch the team spirit changing or not, to find that whether everyone become quite anxious or stressed or violent. If this happens, they should find a way to change the team spirit. c. Army should provide some ways for soldiers to release their pressure, like offering them opportunity to talk to family or other healthy entertainment, then soldier will not find a violent way to release their pressure. d. Army should run a thorough and detailed inquiry into this incident, and publish the result to the public, then use this incident as a lesson taught to the rest of the army to make sure this tragedy will never happen again.
3. Baha Mousa incident can be broken down as follows:
March 20th 2003, Royal Marines launch an amphibious assault on the al-Faw peninsula in southern Iraq as the US-led invasion begins. The UK's commitment to the campaign peaks at 46,000 troops in March and April. British forces enter Basra, Iraq's second city, on April 6.September 13th -15th, Mr Mousa, a father-of-two, is arrested with eight men seized at a hotel in Basra by British troops. Within the next 36 hours, he dies after sustaining 93 separate injuries, including fractured ribs and a broken nose. December 14th 2004, his family won a High Court challenge against the Government's refusal to order an "independent and...