“‘k folks, let me just punch in some stuff into the remote…”…Roger standing in his sitting room, holding a clunky grey plastic remote control that has solid number pads, a bit like a 1980s push dial phone, and he punches in a series of digits…there’s a pause of a few seconds and then we can hear a mechanical grinding noise above us…and clunks on the ceiling of his sitting room that we’ve gathered in… as his satellite dish rotates into position for the CNN material that’s being beamed up via satellite from the field of conflict in Kuwait and the Iraqi border…early ’91…

“…alright, here’s the CNN feed…it’s essentially what they’re sending across from the Gulf to Atlanta…they’ll top and tail it and do god knows what else…we’ll click back to CNN proper…on air… in about 20 mins, but let’s look at this stuff that’s going across…it’s raw footage…rough stuff in more sense than one…cheezuz..the barrel of that tank is almost on the horizontal…that’s very close quarters action…how much of this will pushed back up through CNN is hard to determine…so often there’s just a total disconnect from the content and meaning of what the Frontline camera guys are capturing and the sanitised, condenced shite that’ll make it to air…a whole new meaning to ‘final cut’…

…Right, there’ll be a sat transfer to White City shortly…the BBC book regular spots…there’s a limited timeframe, ya know…window… and there’ll be new material coming across that’ll form part of an update that’ll be broadcast on the 9 o’clock news…that’s if the feed’s not fucked up…”

Next up was footage that can only have been shot from a helicopter – the camera is pointing down to the ground from the air – an aerial overview of what appears to be a motorway…but hang on, the cars and trucks are all aligned in the same direction on both carriageways…weird…oh, hang on a sec…shit, shit, shit…looks as if some of the traffic’s on fire, there’s smoke bellowing from cars and trucks…the camera angle rises to show a perspective of a vehicle strewn motorway, stretching far into the horizon, the vanishing point…the scene captured in this sequence was hell on earth…imagine the M25 at rush hour being incinerated…this was original ‘raw’ footage of the Road to Basra…intercepted by Roger’s clunky rooftop dish…perched above his flat in ladbroke grove…

Current Wikipedia entry on the Road to Basra, aka HighWay of Death:

The Highway of Death refers to a six-lane highway between Kuwait and Iraq, officially known as Highway 80. It runs from Kuwait City to the border town of Safwan and then on to Basra.
During the United Nations coalition offensive in the Gulf War, retreating Iraqi military personnel and others escaping Kuwait were attacked on Highway 80 by American aircraft and ground forces on the night of February 26–27, 1991, resulting in the destruction of hundreds of vehicles and the deaths of many of their occupants. The scenes of devastation on the road are some of the most recognizable images of the war, and were publicly cited as a factor in President George H. W. Bush's decision to declare a cessation of hostilities on the next day.


 Many Iraqi forces however successfully escaped across the Euphrates river and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency estimated that upwards of 70,000 to 80,000 troops from defeated divisions in Kuwait might have fled into the city of Basra.


The road was repaired during the late 1990s, and was used in the initial stages of the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and British forces, and previously it had been also used during the 1990 Invasion of Kuwait by the Iraqi armored divisions.