10% cut to UK Troops numbers in Iraq

Just on the box now. Govn to announce a "significant" decrease of UK troops this afternoon.

More to follow, I'm sure
So no need for the TA there then?

Reduction about the size of a Battle group, and we are cutting 4 infantry Battlions at the same time. 2 related by any chance?
The number of UK troops in Iraq will be reduced by 800 to 7,000, Defence Secretary John Reid has announced.
Mr Reid said they could be withdrawn in May because Iraqi forces, now numbering 235,000, were now capable of overseeing tactical responsibilities.
that's about right.

235,000 locals to do the job of 800 Brits.

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