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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 03:49 PM
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4. I think since the British left the violence has gone down?
Since Britain has withdrawn its troops from the Iraqi city of Basra, attacks against British and Iraqi forces have dropped by 90%, according to the commander of British forces in southern Iraq. Major General Graham Binns says that the reason for the drop is simple: the presence of British forces in downtown Basra was the single largest instigator of violence. We thought, If 90 percent of the violence is directed at us, what would happen if we stepped back? Binns says. Britains 5,000 troops pulled out of their barracksin a palace built for the use of former dictator Saddam Husseinin early September, and instead set up a garrison at an airport on the edge of the city. Since the pullback, Binns says, there has been a remarkable and dramatic drop in attacks. The motivation for attacking us was gone, because were no longer patrolling the streets. Last spring, British forces waged relentless and bloody battles with Shiite militias through the streets of central Basra. British forces have now left the in-town patrols to Iraqi forces, who, Binns says, can now handle the remaining problems in the city.

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