Iraq troops decision this year

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Iraq troops decision 'this year'

Time gentlemen please.

The final withdrawal of British troops from Iraq could be announced by the end of the year, the BBC has learned.

Discussions have begun about forces pulling out of the country - if the security situation continues to improve as it has in recent months.

Ministers are under pressure from the military to release the 4,000 troops who are currently serving in Iraq while pressures are mounting in Afghanistan.

Previous plans to reduce troop numbers to 2,500 were put on hold in March.
 
#2
Hmmm. May not be worth gettting too excited about this 'scoop'.

"The BBC has learned" from "Whitehall sources" that a decision MAY be made, but the report includes this caveat from the MoD based in, er, Whitehall:

"The Ministry of Defence insisted "no decisions" had been taken about withdrawing troops from Iraq and said the suggestion that a final announcement could be made by the end of the year was "speculation"."

After handing over control of Basra to the Iranians - sorry, the Iraqis - back in December, Swiss Tony has started getting bullish about progress. He told the BBC that "on a recent visit to Basra, Defence Secretary Des Browne was able to walk the streets of what he described as a "transformed city".

Trasnsformed, eh? It's only 12 weeks since a surge of violence was reported in Basra.

Feeding the BBC with rumours of a pullout feels more like another desperate attempt by Broon's minders to save the poor sod from disaster, eagerly snapped up by the New Liarbour Broadcasting Corporation.
 
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Agreed KOTB -


Swiss Tony has started getting bullish about progress. He told the BBC that "on a recent visit to Basra, Defence Secretary Des Browne was able to walk the streets of what he described as a "transformed city".

Does anyone have any details of this walkabout, or was this the typical "the world smells of fresh paint and tarmac" routine, complete with Hereford's finest babysitting his every move?

I'd be particularly interested to know Swiss Des' views on Basra, five years on - maybe, he is hoping that we can introduce "firm" policing to the streets of London in a similar way - not sure quite how the checkpoints will go down every 400 yards, but on the plus side, the cameras should help!
 

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