March 31, 2009
The British Retreat from Iraq
Robert Fox, The Guardian
As the British hand over Basra to US forces, the battle over who screwed up "“ the military or the politicians "“ is just beginning
They have been beating retreat at Basra airfield today as the British hand over command to the Americans for the next two years. This marks the end of the latest British military promenade into Mesopotamia and Iraq, the fourth in under a century "“ and, presumably, British troops will not be coming this way again in a hurry.
The present contingent of 4,100 leaves by the end of July, with only a 400 staying on till 2011, to help with training some Iraqi army units and the police.
British commanders this week were keen to put a high gloss on what had been achieved in the past six years...
TAGGED: United States, Iraq, United Kingdom, British army