Brits Cut and Run?

From Holden:

At least on British Officer thinks it’s time to pull UK forces out of Iraq.

BRITISH forces may begin a withdrawal from Iraq “in three or four months”, a senior UK commander claimed yesterday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Williams leads a 1000-man battle-group based near the flashpoint town of al Amarah, about 100 miles north of Basra.

He said that the security situation on his area of operation near the Iranian border remained “serious”, but that British-trained Iraqi forces were on track to take over responsibility this year.

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However, the Ministry of Defence played down the suggestion of any timetable for the removal of the 8500 UK troops in Iraq, saying that any cut in force levels was “contingent on the security situation and the availability of Iraqi forces to shoulder responsibility”.