At the moment, the BBC says, the plan is to take 1,500 soldiers out of the southern city of Basra, Iraq's second largest, in the next few weeks. That represents some 20 percent of all U.K. forces currently in Iraq. The schedule for when the rest will return is unclear, though a BBC correspondent suggests that it will not be before the end of 2008, at the earliest.
Blair to announce U.K.'s Iraq withdrawal timetable
The BBC reports that British Prime Minister Tony Blair plans to announce tomorrow plans for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq.
February 21, 2007 5:05AM (UTC)
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.MORE FROM Alex Koppelman