First signs of a withdrawl?

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Jimbleep, Feb 5, 2006.

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  1. Just read this and thought it might be of some interest. Still can't make up my mind as to whether it's cast-iron or just a load of 'perhaps'.

    UK New
    Troop Pullout 'To Begin'
    Updated: 07:10, Sunday February 05, 2006

    "The Government plans to begin withdrawing British troops from Iraq this spring, it has been reported.

    The Independent on Sunday claims that a Whitehall source has revealed the plans, which would see an initial 500 troops leaving southern Iraq by the end of May.

    The paper says that by the end of the year, Britain intends to withdraw up to 2,000 soldiers, a quarter of its total force in Iraq.

    The US is understood to have approved the proposal in principle, as long as there are no significant changes in Iraq's political and security situation.
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    A senior military source welcomed the move, telling the newspaper: "We will have achieved pretty much all we can by this summer."

    However, he added that some British troops would remain in the country for years to come.

    Another source said there were no plans for Britain to announce a complete withdrawal from Iraq any time in the forseeable future.

    It is understood that the final aim is for Britain to maintain no more than a training element for local security forces in south-east Iraq.

    Secretary of Defence John Reid is set to make a keynote speech on Iraq on Tuesday and could hint at the start of a pull-out.

    Pressure for a withdrawal has increased following the 100th death of a member of the British forces in Iraq this week.",,30000-13502831,00.html
  2. I doubt this, as another paper was talking about a permanent UK presence
    Note the journalist does not ahve an up to date Who's Who in his office...

    This announcement will have been made following the latest deaths of UK soldiers, in order to maintain the "light at the end of the tunnel" pretence. The "light" is in fact the Americans heading in the opposite direction, ie. home!