That Shrinking Coalition

From Holden:

One side effect of loudly trumpetting yet another corner-turning in Iraq is your allies may believe the hype and start to pull out.

Portugal’s 127-strong contingent of national guards will return home from southern Iraq on Feb 10, two days ahead of schedule, after completing a 15-month tour of duty in the war-ravaged country, officials said Feb. 9.

Lisbon will, however, keep four guards in Iraq to help provide training to Iraqi security forces, a spokesman for the force told national news agency Lusa.

I’m sure the four guys they are leaving behind are happy.

Oh, yeah. Remember that British C-130 that crashed on the latest corner-turning day? It’s more than likely that it was shot down.