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.