British Troops Pulling Out Of Basra Palace

#2
The BBC

SK :( Stay Safe out there. Heads down and get out of the god forsaken place ASAP.
 

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#5
I thought we learnt lessons from our history? Surely even killing all the current batch of Talibans or whoever will only lead to another generation coming back later. No disrespect to our troops and their endeavours intended, only to Dr John "out with no shots fired" Reid!
 
#6
To me the main difference is that the Iraqi people are fighting each other which in the end will result in civil war. Afghanistan is different. It is mostly Pakistanis coming in to stir up the trouble. The Afghans, or the vast majority want peace.
 

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#7
Thanks for the insight mate and best of luck for your next tour, cant be far off now can it?
Edited to agree with getting out of Iraq, I dont think we should have turned up for it in the first place. There is no way my sons are getting tied up in the mess that Blair left us, thats his fecking legacy alright!
Broon will sooner or later count the costs and pull out from Afghanistan as well!
At least in my day the worst you faced was a few months in Ulster with alcohol poisoning on the following sunshine tour!
 
#8
It can't come quickly enough mate! I think we'll be a bit disappointed this time round though because of our role in theatre which i can't obviously say for OPSEC.
 
#9
I pray no-one gets injured or loses their life in this withdrawal. I also hope that the (now) biggest target in town does not suffer more casualties as a result.
 
#10
No foothold in the city, is going to make it very difficult to get back in if we are needed to do so.
 
#13
happyhammer said:
Only time will tell i guess.
The start of interesting times I think.

I suspect the yanks will be watching closely to see what happens to the first major city handed back over to the civil powers.

The local authority can't snap their fingers and expect the brits to come running now, I expect some power play in the short term of course but the way the Iraqi's run things it should quieten down rapidly.

Who ends up as top dog is, of course, another matter.....
 
#15
happyhammer said:
The top dog has also got to survive long enough!!!
In this game its last man standing wins..... :wink:
 
#17
I would like to pay tribute to the 4 Rifles BG for the sterling job they did in the Palace, well done lads. The thoughts of all of us are with you and those of the BG that did not make it .
 
#18
Reporting on Sky TV news now that this redeployment of troops was inadvertantly revealed by an Iraqi General prematurely. The operation has now had to be halted because of the publicity and Opsec issues surrounding it.
 

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#19
Fallschirmjager said:
It can't come quickly enough mate! I think we'll be a bit disappointed this time round though because of our role in theatre which i can't obviously say for OPSEC.
Heaven forbid that the MoD think that you deserve a "softer" tour after the magnificent effort so recently made. The boys did well and we are proud of you but I hope that you dont think any less of yourselves for doing your job just because it isnt always at the sharp end!
 

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#20
chieftiff said:
Reporting on Sky TV news now that this redeployment of troops was inadvertantly revealed by an Iraqi General prematurely. The operation has now had to be halted because of the publicity and Opsec issues surrounding it.
BBC say its going to take a few days at least and full hand over of this last province will happen before the end of year!
 

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