British and Iraqi forces cordon area during a joint raid near Basra.
British Army troops of the 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales Royal Regiment keep watch during a joint raid in the town of Gurna, some 40 km north of Basra, October 23, 2004. Several Iraqis were arrested as British troops carried out a joint operation north of Basra early on Saturday morning with about 1,000 Iraqi security force members. The raid comes as British forces from the Black Watch regiment prepare to re-enforce areas near Baghdad ahead of a possible assault on Falluja. REUTERS/Atef Hassan HH/CLH/ACM