From the BBC. Looks like the momentum is gathering from our Superiors at last. Back troops, says UK Iraq general Maj Gen Shirreff welcoming Tony Blair to Basra earlier this month The head of British forces in southern Iraq has called for national support for soldiers serving in the country. Major General Richard Shirreff told the BBC that issues such as underfunding must be addressed in order to maintain the quality of his force's work. He said: "The nation needs to support these men. The nation needs to support its Army." His comments came after an interviewer suggested many British soldiers in Iraq had complained of "running on empty". Maj Gen Shirreff said: "The nation needs to understand that the quality work done by these courageous men and women out here only happens and can only continue if these people, our soldiers, are properly supported back home in terms of the support for training, infrastructure, barracks, accommodation." "Some of these issues need solving," he said, and added: "Many of these issues are the result of a generation of underfunding and relative neglect".