UK report: Britain failed to meet targets for reducing Iraq violence

Britain has failed to meet its own targets for reducing violent conflict in Iraq, a government performance report said Monday - a day after British troops handed over control of the final Iraqi province under their command. A Defense Ministry review said Britain's military has not done enough to reduce the impact of violence on civilian lives in the country. It also offered a cautious assessment of the capacity of Iraq's army and police, despite the fact Britain handed off responsibilities for security across southern Iraq to local forces on Sunday, with officials insisting they were ready to take on the task.