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British Troops Leave Iraq

April 30, 2009

From the Washington Post, the British have withdrawn the last of their combat troops from Iraq.

“Today Iraq is a success story. We owe much of that to the efforts of British troops,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said at a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at his 10 Downing Street offices Thursday morning.

“Our mission has not always been an easy one, many have said that we would fail,” Brown said. “Britain can be proud of our legacy that we leave there.”

The disintegration of Pakistan and the ongoing challenge of Afghanistan still loom but it is a mark of the improved conditions in Iraq that the British are turning over their role to Iraqi forces in as smooth a transition as could have been hoped for when they entered the country in March of 2003.

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