Britain to pull 5,500 troops out of Iraq

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    interesting. assuming things in iraq do calm down enough to withdraw as planned, does that mean the WoT is back on track? will bush suddenly start talking about UBL again?
     
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    The disclosure also coincides with an imminent UK general election...
     
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    Blair probably wants them over here to stage some big anti-terror jamboree to concentrate the voters' minds.
     
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    Starting with Heathrow...
     
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    Who's bin Laden? :confused: :confused: ;)
     
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    Tried that, above, but I don't think he got it. :rolleyes:
     
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    Oh, well that's probably just a coincidence.
     
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    Who is left in Bush's "Coalition of the Willing"? While I'm glad for the people of the UK that their troop commitment to this quagmire is shrinking, I will be much more impressed when I read about US troop withdrawals. I can't help but wonder what US troop levels will be in the run up to the US 2008 elections.
     
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    Call me cynical but 'bringing our boys home' just has that tabloid touch that plays well in certain quarters.
     
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    If it's in proportion to the UK cuts, they'll be aiming at 90-100,000, I guess. And that's probably for the long term. I can't see less than 100,000 overall being enough for anything. Gives you about 35,000 on the ground.
     
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    ah. got it.
     
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    http://globalsecurity.org/military/ops/iraq_orbat_coalition.htm

    In order of size:

    1) US
    2) UK - force is being cut in half
    3) South Korea - steady
    4) Italy - begin phased complete withdrawal in Sept 2005
    5) Poland - withdrawal begun; complete by end of 2005
    6) Ukraine - withdrawal begun; complete by Oct 2005

    All other forces are below 900 troops and are not of great significance, militarily. In total, 26 countries (including the US) are supplying troops. 12 of those have less than 200 troops. Of those 26, 5 have planned complete withdrawals. They will join the other 11 countries that have already completely withdrawn their troops:

    Nicaragua (Feb. 2004); Spain (late-Apr. 2004); Dominican Republic (early-May 2004); Honduras (late-May 2004); Philippines (~Jul. 19, 2004); Thailand (late-Aug. 2004); New Zealand (late Sep. 2004); Tonga (mid-Dec. 2004) Hungary (end Dec. 2004); Portugal (mid-Feb. 2005); Moldova (Feb. 2005)
     

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