Iraq why keep troops there now?

  sunny staines 17:51 14 Oct 2008

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Why does GB want the troops to remain,when Iraq is happy to let them go now.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:57 14 Oct 2008

1. The army and police cannot cope on their own.
2. The government would collapse within months
3. The militants would regain control, giving them the oil revenue to use as funds to carry out campaigns against us nearer home.

  tullie 18:05 14 Oct 2008


  sunny staines 18:31 14 Oct 2008

why are they confined to base then?

  Condom 18:37 14 Oct 2008

They are being used to provide training to Iraqi forces and that can quite easily be done from their base just like they do in the UK.

  24/7 18:58 14 Oct 2008

& the OIL..???

  egapup 19:06 14 Oct 2008

We need the oil....and so do they.

  peter99co 19:19 14 Oct 2008

It looks to me as if they are cherry picking the troops for other duties.

Who will be left to give them cover?

  laurie53 20:13 14 Oct 2008

Since the Iraqi Prime Minister, democratically elected following the coalition occupation, wants us out

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we would appear to have no further justification for this illegal occupation.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 22:28 14 Oct 2008

Iraq why keep troops there now?

1. Oil.
2. Oil
3. Oil
4. Naff all to do with the indigenous population or the stability of the Government......and anyone barking enough to think any different is really away with the fairies.

There has been conflict in that area for thousands of years and if anyone thinks that a group of idealistic British soldiers, who are erroneously told that they will 'win hearts and minds', are going to make any difference, they are really out of reality and orbiting planet Mungo. The Brit economic soldiers are fighting a faith and a belief and the sooner their truly gormless generals realise this, the sooner they will scarper back here.


  Forum Editor 23:12 14 Oct 2008

has a very great deal to do with the stability of the government - if it collapsed there would be a political vacuum, and a blood bath as rival factions fought for control.

Oil is at the heart of our interest - that much is true - and quite rightly so. Any nation that controls reserves as large as those in Iraq will have other countries queuing up to offer all kinds of help the minute we board the aircraft home. The "truly gormless generals" who command the British troops in Iraq possibly know a tad more about the situation than is broadcast on the telly for armchair critics to dissect and debate.
Nouri al-Maliki may well say that he doesn't need British troops any more but he has absolutely zero experience of getting a country back on its feet, and is deluding himself if he thinks he can maintain law and order without some serious help. He also spends far too much of his time showing bias towards the Shiites.

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