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Blair: troops may quit Iraq in 10-16 months

#1
PM adjusts stance as mood changes in US

Tony Blair yesterday shifted ground on the continuing presence of British troops in Iraq by saying it was government policy to leave the country within 10 to 16 months - so long as the security situation allowed

Mr Blair's comments at prime minister's questions appear to be an attempt to pacify the restive mood of the British army, as well as to reflect the developing view in Washington that some radical policy change is imminent after the US mid- term elections.


in full

http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1925737,00.html
 
#2
About time he came to his senses.Or he can go the Bush way and pass the problem on to his succesor.
 
#4
Well, since he'll be gone by then (Hussar!!!), it's not a statment he has to stand by.
 
#5
Ah the Blair and his Masters Voice legacy.
Prior to Blair I had never heard any suggestion of any UK National Election being fixed in even a small way.
Cum Tone and his gang we now have highly suspect Postal Voting and Members of HM Forces deing effectively disenfranchised.
What a legacy the man who corrupted mainland politics.
john
as for King George
 
#6
More media hysteria and miss-qoute, if you listen to Ton's speech you'll find that the content is that we'll leave when:

Iraqi security forces are capable of taking over, which the US believes will be "around" 12-18 months (the world loves an optimist, but try a LOT longer)

The jobs done
 
#7
We should never have got involved in Iraq, but once in, "our guys" are doing a great job.

What worrieds me a little about throwing leaving dates around the media - as just about all IS conflicts in the past got worse as we got ourselves out. I fear that the fact that we have said we will withdraw will only serve to increase the terrorists efforts.

I want our lads back home again, but in such a way that lives are threatened even more in the process.

It is my view, that whatever the plans for withdrawal might be, they should be kept quiet until only weeks before. NOT 10 - 18 months.
 
#9
armchair_jihad said:
PM adjusts stance as mood changes in US

Tony Blair yesterday shifted ground on the continuing presence of British troops in Iraq by saying it was government policy to leave the country within 10 to 16 months - so long as the security situation allowed

Mr Blair's comments at prime minister's questions appear to be an attempt to pacify the restive mood of the British army, as well as to reflect the developing view in Washington that some radical policy change is imminent after the US mid- term elections.


in full

http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1925737,00.html
Let's face it, how accurate has the Celestial Leader been about his own movements(stepping down etc). One could reasonably expect a 2-300% error in anything the man 'predicts'.
 
#10
http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1925737,00.html

The US army has reported that by August this year security responsibilities had been transferred to 86 Iraqi battalions against a target of 114, and an increase from 37 in January. But the number of Iraqi units judged to be fully operationally independent is kept as classified information.
Such a great secret. Probably it would not be a mistake to suggest 0 as a very good estimate.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-09-29-iraq-withdrawl_x.htm

In June, the Pentagon said three of 100 Iraqi battalions were capable of acting on their own, Casey acknowledged. Thursday morning, that estimate changed to one.
So we have a sequence 3, 1, X. Indeed 0 is a good extrapolation.
 
#11
How long were we meant to be in Bosnia for? Call me cynical but I think that we will be there for a lot longer than the next 10- 18 months. As long as the SPAMs stays there, we will be with them. The SPAMs will be there for as long as Iraq remains the focus for Islamic Militants in the middle east. The only scenario that I can see that would precipitate a withdrawal from Iraq would be the Treasury stating that they can't afford the deployment bonuses any more.

Anyway, there is still the intention to leave a garrison based around BIA. I can't say I would enjoy sitting in barracks being used as target practice for the Jaish Al Mehdi's Mortar teams.
 
#16
The Iraqi government needs to send in the Army to restore control. If they dont then either the government will fall or Sadr will be grabbing more towns in the south. Should have killed that guy in 04 when we had the chance.
 
#19
We'll withdraw once we have found and destroyed the Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The ones that B Liar said were there...
 
#20
KGB_resident said:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1925737,00.html

The US army has reported that by August this year security responsibilities had been transferred to 86 Iraqi battalions against a target of 114, and an increase from 37 in January. But the number of Iraqi units judged to be fully operationally independent is kept as classified information.
Such a great secret. Probably it would not be a mistake to suggest 0 as a very good estimate.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2005-09-29-iraq-withdrawl_x.htm

In June, the Pentagon said three of 100 Iraqi battalions were capable of acting on their own, Casey acknowledged. Thursday morning, that estimate changed to one.
So we have a sequence 3, 1, X. Indeed 0 is a good extrapolation.
Now, now Sergey... at least link us to recent articles. Presenting 2005 news stories as current rather misleads the debate, no?

TB
 

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