During the visit to Basra he commented:
“As my first time in
“It is clear the support of our forces and our role in training the Iraqi Army has been critical in achieving these improvements. Now, we want to focus on training and education to get us closer to our aim of passing full control to the Iraqi authorities."
“We are getting closer to achieving this goal and I hope we can reach the point when we can consider a significant change to our mission here next year."
“This massive progression is due to the efforts of every British service personnel and civilian who has served here, and I am hugely proud of what they have achieved. ”