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British Troops Begin Basra Pullout

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Posted on Aug 26, 2007

About 60 Britons withdrew from an Iraqi police base in Basra this weekend, marking the first step in British troops’ exodus from the city.  The BBC reports that the troops’ overnight departure caused some confusion as to who assumed control of the base, and British and Iraqi officials are denying reports that militant members of Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army took over the outpost following the British pullout.


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Witnesses told the Associated Press the Mahdi Army emptied the building taking generators, computers, furniture and even cars.

Major Michael Shearer told the BBC News website that officers from the Multi-National Force spoke to the local Iraqi Army commander who “assured us that the PJCC is under his control and being efficiently run by the Iraqi Army. He also stated that all the equipment remains within the PJCC”.

An MoD spokesman said there was a green Shia flag flying on the building, but not the black flag associated with the Mahdi Army.

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By steve, August 27, 2007 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment
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I wouldn’t take that bet boggs.  There will probably be some kind of coup in Iraq in which the US expresses its sympathy but continued support for some kind of dictatorial type government.  And after everything is said and done, I think we will have more or less the same kind of government in Iraq as which existed before the war with Hussien.  The only difference being, it will be a government friendly to US interests which will allow us to keep those hugh military bases, embassy and of course their oil.

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By boggs, August 27, 2007 at 4:24 am Link to this comment

Anybody want to bet that we won’t try to overthrow the new democratically elected (by the purple fingers) of Iraq government led by Malicki for one that will be more cooperative with the US “OIL” policy. Maybe Alahwi, he has been campaigning for the position.
How democratic can a government be if it continues to refuse to give the US their oil?

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By Bukko in Australia, August 27, 2007 at 2:36 am Link to this comment

I agree with ya, Tex. The Poms are gittin out before the gittin’ gits too bad.

The U.S. had a chance to declare “mission accomplished” when Commander Chimpy was prancing on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. And he blew it.

The U.S. had a chance to tell the Iraqis “We’re turning this mess over to you” after the purple finger elections, but Bush muffed it.

The U.S. had a chance to get out with a semblance of honour after the Baker-Hamilton Commission report. But President Cheney decided to escalate instead.

Now the only way the U.S. will get out of the Babylon Oil Colony is after it’s defeated. That might come because the troops have a slow-motion mutiny, just refusing to drive around waiting to get blown up, because they realise they’re dying for no purpose. (Unless you count permanent bases to protect oil company profits as a purpose.)

Or they might face a Tet Offensive in the sand, as the Shiite population rises up and cuts off their supply lines with waves of screaming banshee suicide attackers on the long run from Kuwait to Baghdad that brings in all the military’s food and water. That’s what will happen if the neo-NaziCons start bombing Iran. The the U.S. military will have to fight its way out of Iraq like the Brits did from Afghanistan in 1842.

The Brits can learn from history, albeit slowly. But the U.S. is determoned to repeat the mistakes of the Brits in 1920 Iraq, the Soviets in 1980 Afghanistan, the French in 1950s Vietnam… Where next?

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By Tex, August 26, 2007 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together!

The Brits KNOW they can’t win and are getting out while the gettin’ is good. The Brits don’t trust bu$h or his lies.
So, adios, amigos!

Turned it over to the Shia Freedom Fighters. wink

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