UK to withdraw troops from Iraq within 2.5 years

March 7, 2006 07:09

The commander of the British armed forces in Iraq revealed on Tuesday that Great Britain planned on withdrawing all of its troops from Iraq within two-and-a-half years. He said that the first phase of the pullout would begin already in a few weeks. In an interview to The Daily Telegraph, he emphasized that the withdrawal would only occur if a security calm would prevail. Britain currently has approximately 8,000 troops in Iraq, most of whom are stationed in Basra.

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