Britain confirms pullout plans

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Britain confirms pullout plans

Postby DrDebugDU » Mon Jul 18, 2005 2:21 pm

It's a long term plan, but still...<br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr><br>Britain confirms pullout plans<br>From correspondents in London<br>July 18, 2005<br><br>BRITAIN was likely to begin scaling back its forces in Iraq within the next 12 months, Defence Secretary John Reid said today.<br><br>"I believe it is a process that could start - no more than that - over the next 12 months," he told the US news channel CNN.<br><br>Mr Reid insisted Britain did not have "long-term imperialist ambitions" in Iraq and said US-led forces, which include around 8500 British troops, would only stay as long as needed.<br><br>He spoke after more than 110 Iraqis were killed and 300 wounded in a three-day suicide bombing blitz in Iraq. Three British soldiers died in a roadside bombing.<br><br>Mr Reid said British troops would not leave the country until the Iraqis had built up their security forces.<br><br>Once they had done so, Britain could "gradually run down our presence" in the country, he said.<br><br>(...)<br><br>In a separate interview on Sky News television, Mr Reid said he accepted the <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>security situation in Iraq was deteriorating</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END-->, but that it reflected extremist fears that a democratically elected Iraqi government could come to power.<br><br>"It is deteriorating in some ways in the sense that the frenzy of terror and the murders which you mentioned is greater, that is true.<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>"And the reason that is getting worse and greater, is that in terms of democratic control and the formation of their own security forces the (Iraqi) position is getting better."</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=",5744,15965198%255E1702,00.html">,00.html</a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>The reason it is getting worse is because the 'democratic control' is getting better??<br><br>What is up is down and what is down is up indeed... <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=>DrDebugDU</A> at: 7/18/05 12:22 pm<br></i>
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