“British forces in Iraq are facing a humiliating end to their six-year mission in the country as the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, takes his revenge for what he regards as the British surrender of Basra to hardline Shia Muslim militias.
Mr Maliki, incensed by Britain’s perceived failure to deal with the Mahdi Army of his bitter Shia rival, Moqtada al-Sadr, is stalling on a deal on Britain’s continuing presence in Iraq, barely a fortnight before the current arrangement expires. Frantic diplomatic efforts are under way to secure a legal framework for British forces after 31 December, when the current United Nations mandate expires.”
via The Independent.
- Editorial: Mission unaccomplished (The Guardian)
- ‘Endgame’ for US mission in Iraq (BBC)
- Iraq: after Basra a new reality (Telegraph.UK)
- UK forces no longer needed in southern Iraq, says Maliki (The Guardian)
- Nouri al-Maliki Concedes The Obvious (The Moderate Voice)