SECRET PLAN TO QUIT IRAQ Sat Jul 09 2005 19:16:16 ET
BRITAIN and America are secretly preparing to withdraw most of their
troops from Iraq - despite warnings of the grave consequences for the region,
the SUNDAY MAIL in UK is reporting.
A secret paper written by UK Defence
Secretary John Reid for Tony Blair reveals that many of the 8,500 British troops
in Iraq are set to be brought home within three months, with most of the rest
returning six months later.
The leaked document, marked Secret: UK Eyes
Only, appears to fly in the face of Mr Blair and President Bush's pledges that
Allied forces will not quit until Iraq's own forces are strong enough to take
control of security.
If British troops pull out, other members of the
Alliance are likely to follow. The memo says other international forces in
Southern Iraq currently under British control will have to be handled carefully
if Britain withdraws. It says they will not feel safe and may also leave.
Embarrassingly, the document says the Americans are split over the plan
- and it suggests one of the reasons for getting British troops out is to save
money. Mr Reid says cutting UK troop numbers to 3,000 by the middle of next year
will save GBP 500million a year, though it will be 18 months before the cash
The document, Options For Future UK Force Posture In Iraq,
is the first conclusive proof that preparations for a major withdrawal from Iraq
are well advanced.
The British Government's public position is that UK
troops will stay until newly trained Iraqi forces are ready to take control of
security. Less than a fortnight ago, Mr Blair said it was 'vital' the US-led
coalition stayed until Iraq stabilised, and Mr Bush endorsed his comments.
Mr Reid's memo, prepared for Mr Blair in the past few weeks, shows that
in reality, plans to get them out - 'military drawdown,' as he puts it - are
It says: 'We have a commitment to hand over to Iraqi
control in Al Muthanna and Maysan provinces two of the four provinces under
British control in Southern Iraq in October 2005 and in the other two, Dhi Qar
and Basra, in April
Source: http://www.drudgereport.com/flash.htm [Please note here that I don't usually trust
what Drudge Report puts out, however, there are more stories on other news
pages, which I am also posting. Still...don't count your chickens...this
issue could turn out to be a disinfo piece to take your attention away from
other things, i.e. ID Card, London Bombings, (possible) Impeachment proceedings
of the White House thugs, etc, and to bring in a Police State. Also, there
is talk that the U.S. military may be removed from Iraq to send them to other
hot spots. Keep your eyes open to EVERYTHING that's going on, and