Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid tribute to the "outstanding contribution" made by British troops in Iraq as they officially began withdrawing from the country yesterday.
The withdrawal of British forces from their headquarters outside the main southern city of Basra signalled the end of six years of military operations that began with the US-led invasion that ousted dictator Saddam Hussein. All 4,100 British troops will leave by the end of July. Major General Andy Salmon, the senior British officer in Basra, handed over the southern base to an American commander.