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UK To Cut Iraq Forces By Quarter In Next Months

From a joyous Reuters:

Britain to cut Iraq troop levels by quarter

By David Clarke and Katherine Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Wednesday it would withdraw almost a quarter of its troops from Iraq in coming months, just as thousands of additional U.S. soldiers were arriving there to try to restore order in Baghdad.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose popularity at home has suffered greatly because of his decision to go to war in Iraq, said troop levels would fall by 1,600, but soldiers would stay into 2008 if Iraq wanted.

"The actual reduction in forces will be from the present 7,100 — itself down from over 9,000 two years ago and 40,000 at the time of the conflict — to roughly 5,500," he said.

"The UK military presence will continue into 2008, for as long as we are wanted and have a job to do." he told parliament.

Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen also said on Wednesday Denmark would withdraw all ground troops from Iraq by August and replace them with 55 soldiers manning four helicopters. It has about 470 soldiers serving under British command…

Of course no mention is made of the fact that these British troops will be leaving southern Iraq, which is already in fairly good shape.

That might detract from the media’s message that victory is at hand if the terrorists will just hang on.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 21st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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