The new SoS Defence, John Hutton in Iraq. So what will the man who used to head up the CSA make of his new role and the future of BRITFOR in Iraq? Given the "show of strength and feeling" from the Shia community in Baghdad, al-Maliki is surely under a lot of pressure to publish a definitive "exit" date for many of the forces. Without this, al-Maliki's political future will be weak. Source: Hutton makes surprise visit to Iraq Anyway, no doubt we will see the requisite photo op pics in the media over the next few days - SoS doughnuted by "smiling" British soldiers.