To all HM's soldiers and marines, I am an analyst with the US Army Reserve and my reserve unit is due to deploy in the near future to Iraq. In preparation for the upcoming rotation I have been reading a bit about the history of the war up to this point and I have come across several disturbing articles online that pertain to UK operations in the Basra. Name this times article Iraq snubbed Britain and calls US into Basra battle - Times Online and this one from the independent Revealed: The true extent of Britain's failure in Basra - Middle East, World - The Independent. Both pieces state that UK forces were unable to contain the Shiite militias and that after PM Blair pulled British forces out of Iraq Al-Maliki had to send in the IA with US support to clear out the militants. I want to hear the Basra story from British squaddies and officers.