The Washington Times: Iraqis Back in Control in Basra


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BASRA, Iraq — Britain yesterday turned over responsibility for security to Iraqi forces in Basra, concluding its principal mission in the last of four provinces that were placed under British command after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

A reduced British force of fewer than 5,000 soldiers — soon to be cut to 3,500 — will now confine itself largely to a base outside the provincial capital, providing training and standing by to assist Iraqi troops when needed.

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3 Responses to “The Washington Times: Iraqis Back in Control in Basra”

  1. 111 says:

    So what of the 10 missing hostages from Saudi Arabia? Has Al Sahab or any of the local scuttlebut there shown any signs of release for the 10 missing. Do any the british officers there have any data, since they are pulling out meeting the demands of the kidnappers? I saw the Ali Abdullah Info on the foreign radio intelligence site shut down.. Word! Keep Your Head Up!

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