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EnfantTerrible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:34 AM
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Wasn't Britain already planning to pull out of Iraq?
This attack just doesn't make sense....

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htuttle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:35 AM
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1. I think they were planning on transferring some troops...
... from Iraq to Afghanistan.

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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:37 AM
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2. I thought I read that over the weekend
So this could be a tool to persuade Tony to keep the British troops in the field. If you entertain that the attack is not actually the responsibility of al Queda.
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SmokingJacket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:37 AM
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3. Yes, that's what I heard.
Were there any news stories about this?

Of course.... nothing has made sense since 9-11, or actually since election day 2000.
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EnfantTerrible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:46 AM
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7. I'm looking for links n/t
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:54 AM
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9. Financial Times
The Ministry of Defence has drafted plans for a significant withdrawal of British troops from Iraq over the next 18 months and a big deployment to Afghanistan, the Financial Times has learnt.

In what would represent the biggest operational shake-up involving the armed forces since the Iraq war, the first stage of a run-down in military operations is likely to take place this autumn with a handover of security to Iraqis in at least two southern provinces.

Defence officials emphasised that all plans for Iraqi deployments were contingent on the ability of domestic security forces to assume peacekeeping duties from UK troops. Iraqi forces have so far proven unable to take over such roles in areas where the insurgency is most intense, and progress has disappointed coalition officials.

But senior UK officers believe the four south-east provinces under UK command, which are largely Shia and have not seen the same violence as more Sunni-dominated areas north of Baghdad, may be ready for a handover earlier than those under US command.

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/fabbdb4a-ecf1-11d9-9d20-00000e...
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EnfantTerrible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:59 AM
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10. Thanks
My two yr old disrupted my search.

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wurzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:39 AM
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4. Yes. but troops going to Afganistan. Where Al Qaeda is.
Edited on Thu Jul-07-05 08:54 AM by wurzel
The real war on Bin Laden is in Afganistan. That makes UK more of a target. Iraq was nothing but an oil grab.
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getmeouttahere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:41 AM
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5. Although, the pipeline from the Caspian....
has to run through Afghanistan, correct?
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wurzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:52 AM
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8. Correct. Oil and Bushco are always there.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:44 AM
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6. They are transition peacekeeping to the
Iraqi's in the south where they are in charge of peacekeeping....
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billkurtmeyer Donating Member (360 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:00 AM
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11. It does make perfect sense and here is why:
I wrote on my blog yesterday why we haven't been attacked since 9/11 on our soil, esentially because they don't need to it serves their purposes, Britian was stuck precisely because they are pulling back on this illegal war - they needed a jolt of terror

here is what I wrote:

So why havent we been attacked on our soil since 9/11? I think that even the Sheepole would agree that there are terrorists in this county, so they could easily strap on a suicide bomb and walk into a Wal Mart in Topeka right? So why havent they? I hate to break it to you Sheepole but it isnt because of your blind notion of Bushs heroic leadership. Simply put it is because they dont need to, they got what they wanted, by their one horrific act. Bush over reacted, yes Afghanistan was right, but by invading an Arab country unprovoked we have given the terrorists the recruiting poster and a war on Islam. bin Laden is out there somewhere laughing his ass off at Bush. After 9/11 we had all of the world behind us, the terrorists had everyone against them, now Bush has managed to reverse that in world opinon. They wont strike as long as we continue this illegal folly because we now are the bad guys, we are the ones with the torture chambers, destroying lives, and killing innocent civilians, and the whole world is against us, that is except for the blind Sheepole. With that said, I'm not against this country or the troops, I'm against what Bush has done to this great nation.

The full post is here on my blog:

http://wakeupsheepole.blogspot.com/2005/07/part-ii-bush...



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