British PM, in Iraq, announces troop withdrawal plan
By Luke Baker
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced the end of Britain's involvement in the Iraq war on Wednesday, saying almost all its troops would be out by the end of July next year.
Brown's fourth trip to Iraq as prime minister coincided with the drafting by the Iraqi government of a law that obliges British forces to withdraw in mid-2009, more than six years after the U.S.-led invasion.
His trip was not announced in advance, for security reasons, and followed a visit on Sunday by U.S. President George W. Bush, who had to dodge shoes thrown by an Iraqi journalist angry at the sectarian slaughter unleashed by the invasion.
Shortly after Brown met Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, twin bomb blasts in Baghdad killed 18 people and wounded 53, in a reminder of the violence that has only recently begun to wane.
"The role played by the UK combat forces is drawing to a close. These forces will have completed their tasks in the first half of 2009 and will then leave Iraq," Brown and Maliki said in a joint statement.
"But the partnership between the two countries will continue to take on new dimensions." - The Star
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