British forces could hand over responsibility for the southern Iraqi city of Basra as early as next month, a British newspaper reported Sunday.
Iraqi forces could take control of the country's second-largest city as soon as October, the Sunday Times said, citing unnamed government sources, amid speculation that Britain will soon announce a major pullout.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has consistently refused to set a timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from the country, but said a decision could be announced when Parliament returns from its summer break in October.
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