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Posted on Dec 10, 2008
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Because British troop uniforms in Iraq do not adequately visually differentiate their national identity, this image is provided as a historical interpretation of soldiers’ attire during the U.S. Revolutionary War period.

The British Defense Ministry has leaked news that it will begin a phased troop withdrawal from Iraq. The drawdown will bring to an end a torrid, near-six-year love affair with the U.S. that began with coordinated intelligence failures and eventually led to jointly invading a sovereign country under cover of a “war on terror.”

The New York Times:

Britain’s remaining troops in Iraq will begin withdrawing from the country in March on a timetable that will aim to leave only a small training force of 300 to 400 by June, according to Defense Ministry officials quoted by the BBC and several of Britain’s major newspapers on Wednesday.

The long-expected drawdown of the British force next year from its current level of 4,100 troops will bring an effective end to Britain’s role as the principal partner of the United States in the occupation of Iraq. In the invasion in March 2003, a British force of more than 46,000 troops participated in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

In July, Prime Minister Gordon Brown already outlined a tentative plan for withdrawing most of Britain’s remaining troops early in 2009 but gave no fixed timetable and left open the number of troops who would be returning home. The Defense Ministry issued a statement after the flurry of news reports about the withdrawal that did not deny their accuracy. Although the ministry did not confirm that March would mark the beginning of the drawdown, it confirmed that the ministry was “expecting to see a fundamental change of mission in early 2009.”

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By Dag Andersson, December 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

Wrong MaxVon.

Heed your own advice.  It was ONLY british MI6 and OSP who had it all wrong,.voluntarily.  Read the Downing Street Memo.

“The Intelligence was fixed around the Policy.”
  Later Tenet and CIA joined in after massive pressure from Cheney.

Nobody believed “Curveball” , Chalabi or any other source from inside Iraq…except those who needed to use their stupid lies as a “casus belli”

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By MaxVon, December 10, 2008 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment
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Hippy Pam… check your facts, it was mostly on info from British Inteligenge and other countries confirming that the WMD’s were there that put the final nail in for Sadam. That info came from inside Iraq from those who are now in power.

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By dihey, December 10, 2008 at 1:28 pm Link to this comment

There are rumors that some of the soldiers will go to Afghanistan.

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By hippy pam, December 10, 2008 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

And I bet their economy will be the better for it….“ole bullshit” lied and I think England feels foolish for believing his B.S…...They want to move on and stop wasting money.If only “ole bullshit” could and would accept his mistakes….Of course-we should not have ever invaded and then we would not have to finance the war-let alone withdraw our occupation…..

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