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British troops out of Iraq by end of 2009

November 14, 2008

All British troops will be out of Iraq by the end of next year, Iraq’s national security advisor said on Friday, days before Baghdad was expected to vote on a controversial US military pact.

“By the end of next year there will be no British troops in Iraq. By the end of 2009,” Muwafaq al-Rubaie said, adding that negotiations between London and Baghdad on the pull-out had begun two weeks ago.

AFP

A defence ministry spokesman in London said in response that Britain has “no timetable” for the withdrawal of its roughly 4,000 troops in Iraq, the vast majority of which are based in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.

 

“At the minute, we have no timetable,” the spokesman told AFP.

“We are hopefully making progress, we have made progress in Basra, and we are on course to meet the prime minister’s fundamental change of mission in 2009,” the spokesman said, reiterating previously-stated plans.

Baghdad has been racing to secure separate agreements with both Britain and the United States to replace the UN mandate currently governing the presence of foreign troops in the country, which expires December 31.

Iraq’s cabinet was expected to vote on the so-called Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), a wide-ranging US military pact, either Saturday or Sunday. The two sides have been wrangling over the document for months.

 

Rubaie insisted however that the agreement Iraq sought with the British was simpler and would not take as much time to complete.

“It will be a much shorter agreement with the UK,” Rubaie said. “And it progresses quite nicely. It’s much shorter and much simpler.”

He added that by the middle of next year there would be a “dramatic” reduction of British troops.

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Bush draws Vietnam parallel in warning over Iraq withdrawal

August 22, 2007

MONTEBELLO, Canada (AFP) – US President George W. Bush in a speech on Wednesday will warn that a US withdrawal from Iraq could produce a catastrophe similar to what occurred in Southeast Asia after US forces left Vietnam.

According to excerpts from Bush’s address released in advance on Tuesday, the US president was to charge that an early exit from Iraq would “pull the rug out” from under US troops just as their efforts are paying off.

Bush’s speech ties anti-war forces in the Vietnam era to the hundreds of thousands of people killed in the aftermath of the US pull-out….

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An American flag hangs on the ceiling as US soldiers set off on an air assault on board a Chinook helicopter as part of Operation Marne Husky, along the Tigris river.

War in Iraq: Democratomyopia

July 23, 2007

Mona Charen
The Washington Times
July 23, 2007

I am convinced, based on everything I have read, it won’t be a hell of a lot worse than it is now.
Rep. John P. Murtha

Jack (redeploy to Okinawa) Murtha of Pennsylvania was speaking of Iraq after an American pullout. He’s not worried, nor are most Democrats now urging America to flee Iraq. There really ought to be a name for the “it can’t get worse” fallacy. For the moment, let’s just call it Democratomyopia. …

Echos from Vietnam…..

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U.S. General Seeks Troop Cut in Northern Iraq

July 22, 2007

By ROBERT BURNS, AP

BAGHDAD – In a move that could portend a strategy change, the commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq said Sunday he has proposed reducing his troop levels and shifting next year to missions focused less on direct combat.

Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon told The Associated Press that if current trends hold, he would like to begin this troop reduction and change in mission in Nineva province, where he said Iraqi army forces already are operating nearly independently. He has proposed shifting the province to Iraqi government control as early as August.

Nineva’s capital is Mosul, the country’s third largest city.

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