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British troops to leave Iraq by summer

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British troops to leave Iraq by summer


Britain has confirmed it will pull its forces out of Iraq by next summer, at the conclusion of what the Prime Minister called ‘the building of a democracy for the future.’

Gordon Brown was making his fourth visit to British troops serving in Iraq. He said the role played by Britain was coming to a close, it would be finished by the first half of next year, and the troops would then withdraw. Brown and his Iraqi counterpart Nouri al-Maliki insisted the partnership between their two countries was strong and would continue. But, as they spoke, two bombs in Baghdad killed 18 people and wounded 50 more, in a bloody reminder of the violence unleashed in Iraq following the US-led invasion of 2003.
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