For: British Independent
While intensifying talk in the Iraqi street for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq by end of this year and accompanied by a tug of war at a high level of sensitivity in the political circles in Iraq's divided between the pro-withdrawal and the opposition to him, announced the British Defence Secretary Liam Fox, the British military operation in Iraq
Will end completely on Sunday after the Royal Navy has completed its mission in training the Iraqi navy. Most British troops deployed in Iraq in 2003 to topple Saddam's regime, had withdrawn in July 2009 from the southern city of Basra, which were stable. However, the Royal Navy continued training of the Iraqi navy to defend their territorial waters and on the infrastructure of the coastal oil, a task that promoted by the main naval base in Umm Qasr and will end on Sunday, after which staff will remain "low" only at the British Embassy in Baghdad.
And said the British Defense Ministry said that the role played by the United Kingdom was under the request of the Iraqi government has included the training of 1800 Iraq and admitted in 50 different courses spread of Defense for sidewalks oil to use light weapons, and will continue to British troops support the NATO training, however, will send some Iraqi soldiers to study at Sandhurst military college in Britain.
He says British Defense Minister, "I have used Royal Navy personnel fighting skills and expertise to make a conversion in the Iraqi naval forces, Valbharip Iraq has the role of President of the play in the protection of Iraqi territorial waters and oil infrastructure, which are vital for the Iraqi economy, and I'm proud of the role played by the British forces to enable the forces Iraqi Navy to perform this task, and that this is an opportunity to demonstrate the wider contribution to Britain's armed forces in Iraq since 2003.
He adds that the credit for the transformation of South Iraq from a dangerous area and oppressed under Saddam's rule and after his fall was due to the sacrifices and the commitment and professionalism of thousands of men and women in the British Army, as the oldest respect to all those who have served and made sacrifices, especially the 179 people who gave their lives for the sake of security and stability in Iraq. "
For his part, said Maj. Gen. Max Mariner commander of British forces in Iraq: "The security situation has improved a lot, thanks to British intervention," adding "to guard the Iraqi navy guarding the engine of this transformation today, including sidewalks oil inside Iraqi territorial waters, and have achieved this capacity through ongoing training they have received from our trainers are professionals, stressing: "The Iraqi navy is ready, so the time has come for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, to leave for the Iraqis to complete the task begun by the British forces."