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UK Plans Troop Reduction

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Posted on Oct 8, 2007
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AP photo / Nabil al-Jurani

Cheerio:  A British soldier waves from his vehicle in Basra last February, months before UK troops withdrew from the Iraqi city.

The British government is planning to downsize its military presence in Iraq this May by 800 to leave a total of 7,000 troops, a move Defense Secretary John Reid insists is not meant to signal a “handover of responsibility” to Iraqi forces, according to the BBC.

Meanwhile, another British general has come forth to criticize the U.S.‘s postwar strategy in Iraq, calling it “fatally flawed.”


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The reduction means a total of 3,000 troops will have been withdrawn since October 2003, when there were 10,000 British troops there.

Mr Reid said there were now 235,000 members of the Iraqi security forces equipped and trained, with 5,000 more signing up every month.

And the Iraqi Army has 110 operational combat battalions carrying out counter-insurgency operations.

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By dale Headley, October 9, 2007 at 10:42 am Link to this comment
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Following the departure of the British forces from Basra, the violence instantly dropped, and Iraqi citizens now say that they can walk the streets unconcerned for the first time in four years.  This tends to conflict with the Bush Administration mantra that, should we leave Iraq, “unimaginable genocide” would ensue.  Perhaps.  But perhaps not.

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By QuyTran, October 9, 2007 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

There’s absolutely no places in this world for all kind of mercenaries.

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By thomas billis, October 8, 2007 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment
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Gen Petraeus or betrayus is looking more and more right isn’t it.I guess the British Generals do not know anything either.The only one in the world who is really on top of the situation is the boy moron President.I will guarantee the mainstream media will not pick up on the British lowering of forces and the quotes by the British General.They are too busy quoting Gen Petraeus and getting us ready for war with Iran.Our media keeps on complaining about losing viewership and readership and cannot figure out why.Well war lapdogs maybe if you would actually start reporting the news some of us would stop going abroad and reading overseas newspapers to find out what is going on.

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