Wednesday, December 10, 2008

UK Iraq pull-out set for March - FT

By James Blitz in London and Andrew England in Abu Dhabi

Published: December 10 2008 09:40 | Last updated: December 10 2008 13:24

Britain’s 4,100 troops in Iraq will begin withdrawing in about March in a process that should lead to their full departure by the second half of 2009, Ministry of Defence sources said on Tuesday.

Britain is looking to sign a status of forces agreement with the Iraqi government this month that would give UK forces a legal basis to stay in the country into 2009. MoD sources said they were confident a new agreement would be signed.

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