Gordon Brown backs Iraq withdrawal plan

The British PM joins Barack Obama and the Iraqi government in supporting a plan to leave Iraq. When the UK leaves, they will be taking 4,100 troops which means even more pressure on the US who need troops for the floundering war in Afghanistan. Brown has so far failed to keep his election process of drawing down British troops more rapidly.

Gordon Brown prepared the ground for a historic realignment in the “war on terror” yesterday by setting out a four-point plan for withdrawal of British troops from Iraq by the end of next year.

Although he is refusing to set a detailed timetable for withdrawal, it is clear Mr Brown is in agreement with the US presidential candidate Barack Obama on the need for military action in Afghanistan to take priority. Both appear to be working to a 16-month timetable.

While Mr Brown addressed troops in Basra and met Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, the Democratic hopeful arrived in Afghanistan to declare the US mission there to be more important than that in Iraq. Mr Obama is expected imminently in Iraq, and he will continue on to Europe. He will meet Mr Brown in Downing Street on Saturday.

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