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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:31 PM
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UK troops worsen problems in Iraq - army head

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UK troops worsen problems in Iraq - army head

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The head of Britain's army said the presence of British troops in Iraq was exacerbating the security situation on the ground and they should be withdrawn soon, according to a British newspaper.

General Sir Richard Dannatt also said in an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper that Britain's Iraq venture was aggravating the security threat elsewhere in the world.

In unusually blunt comments for a serving senior officer, Dannatt told the Friday edition of the newspaper that the troops should "get ... out sometime soon because our presence exacerbates the security problems".

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"I think history will show that the planning for what happened after the initial successful war fighting phase was poor, probably based more on optimism than sound planning."

"The original intention was that we put in place a liberal democracy that was an exemplar for the region, was pro-West and might have a beneficial effect on the balance within the Middle East. That was the hope, whether that was a sensible or naive hope history will judge. I don't think we are going to do that. I think we should aim for a lower ambition."
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 05:36 PM
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1. good. This officer in NOT retired.
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