View Full Version : UK forces to pull out of Iraq early 2009

David Guyatt
12-17-2008, 09:34 AM
They need to be redeployed to secure the proposed pipeline route across Afghanistan I expect...


UK forces to leave Iraq next year

British troops will be pulled out of Iraq in the second half of next year. Skip
Speaking during a surprise visit to Baghdad, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said UK forces will have "completed their tasks" in the first part of 2009 and will then leave the country.

Mr Brown held talks with his Iraqi counterpart Nouri Maliki about the status of UK forces in Basra.

The two leaders issued a joint statement which said: "The role played by the UK combat forces is drawing to a close.

"These forces will have completed their tasks in the first half of 2009 and will then leave Iraq."

The premiers added that the partnership between the two countries would continue.

The Iraqi council of ministers has agreed a new resolution allowing British troops to remain in the country until the end of July. Their current United Nations mandate expires at the end of the month.

British officials predict major withdrawals within a few months and say the resolution merely set a last possible date for the vast majority of Britain's 4,100-strong contingent to be gone.

Mr Brown is expected to confirm the outlines of the plans before updating the House of Commons in greater detail.

The Prime Minister is being accompanied on the visit by the Air Chief Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup, the Chief of the Defence Staff.

Dawn Meredith
12-18-2008, 01:15 PM
Finally. But Obama is saying 16 months. After running as the peace candidate. They want us gone. Our version of "democracy" and "liberation" has destroyed their country. And now the admin is admitting they would have gone in there KNOWING there were no WMD's. And Cheney is admitting he authorized waterboarding. What have we become?
Ashamed to be an American. (By choice, in 1977).