British PM: The War is Over
Is this bad news for all those
people who want the forces in Iraq to lose? Will we soon hear all the doubters pile on? This could turn out to be the British version of
GORDON Brown yesterday delivered a stirring festive message to Our Boys in Iraq: “Happy Christmas – war is over.”
The PM was cheered as he praised UK troops and revealed combat operations in Basra will end “within two weeks”.
Iraqi forces will take over as the 4,500-strong British force switches from front-line duties to a training role.
By early next year, our contingent in Southern Iraq will be cut to 2,500 – and may be withdrawn completely in March.
The PM broke the good news in a flying visit to Iraq.
He landed at the Army’ s base at Basra airport in darkness in an RAF Hercules transporter plane.
Minutes later he spoke to Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki.
He then gave a rousing speech to 300 squaddies after shaking hands with them all.