Live by the sword…

NONE of the online news reports of the inquest into the unlawful killing in Iraq of a former paratrooper who lived in Belfast seem to have mentioned his past. Working as a security consultant for Kroll Inc in Baghdad after leaving the army, Dolman, originally from Nottingham, was killed by a suicide bomber in 2004. However, two years ago, a BBC programme accused Dolman of firing the shots in Iraq which lead to the murders of six Red Caps. The MoD cleared him, but families of the victims accused it of a cover-up . Coincidentally, documents were released today suggesting the British rejected a plan to carry out arrests in Iraq for fear of stoking up controversy. Dolman, a sniper, had been previously investigated for the killing of two civilians in Kosovo. No charges were brought by Military Police, but two survivors successfully sued the MoD at a civil trial and it was ordered to pay an estimated £100,000 in damages.

  • Pete Baker

    “However, two years ago, a BBC programme accused Dolman of firing the shots in Iraq which lead to the murders of six Red Caps.”

    Hmm..

    What the linked BBC report says

    The documentary said that two days before the incident, paras had to fire warning shots after a crowd started throwing stones at them.

    The following day the troops signed a deal with local leaders agreeing not to perform weapons searches in the area.

    The programme said Iraqis thought that meant there would be no patrols at all, but the troops assumed regular checks could continue.

    When the paras entered the town on 24 June, they were attacked.

    Cpl Dolman later testified to the Army board of inquiry that he had fired a rubber bullet at a man he believed to be one of the leaders of the attack.

    “I had to load and hit him. In a built-up area, firing one of those sounds worse than it is.

    “Looking back, they obviously thought it was a couple of bullets.”

    A firefight then broke out between the paras and about 100 Iraqis, the programme said.

    While the paras were able to leave, the Red Caps, who had come to the town to ask local police why they had not intervened in the stoning incident two days before, were trapped and murdered.”

    Is that “accus[ing] Dolman of firing the shots in Iraq which lead to the murders of six Red Caps.”?

    It’s part of the sub-editor’s headline.. but I don’t think it fits with the detail of the report.

  • heck

    “Working as a security consultant for Kroll Inc in Baghdad”

    does that mean mercenary? ie someone who kills for money rather that patriotism (media call soldiers) or political beliefs (media call terrorists)

  • Pete

    As I said, the programme accused him, not the linked BBC report.

  • Reader

    heck: does that mean mercenary? ie someone who kills for money rather that patriotism (media call soldiers) or political beliefs (media call terrorists)
    ‘Security Consultants’ in Iraq are normally bodyguards, aren’t they? I assume that’s not something to be ashamed of.

  • The Devil

    “I assume that’s not something to be ashamed of”

    I think it is, most of you so called bodyguards are body-counters

    i have no problem with this DNA being erradicated from the gene-pool

  • Actually, Pete, scratch that – you’re wrong!

    The linked BBC page includes the following, four paragraphs above the extract you quote:

    The programme, Sweeney Investigates, said Cpl John Dolman fired shots which exacerbated the riot in which the six men died in southern Iraq in 2003.

    ;op

  • Pete Baker

    Wrong how, gonzo?

    You claimed that the programme accused him, not the BBC report. And your recovered quote claims the same thing. But the BBC is much more careful than that.

    As I asked..

    Is that “accus[ing] Dolman of firing the shots in Iraq which lead to the murders of six Red Caps?”

    That claim wasn’t substantiated, btw. And your point is what? Any and every claim made is justified and right? Regardless of the facts?

    There may be a case that there was a lack of communication between the various services in action.. but the idea that the actions of an individual soldier, in the middle of those days of activity, is responsible for the resultant attack and murder is, frankly, ludicrous.