It was entitled Basra what is really going on?
In the post I had speculated that amongst other concerns, this provocation, may have been just what the doctor ordered, to get the Brits to stay on in Iraq.
Lo and behold, check the news stories today, and........... no surprise there.
BAGHDAD — Britain froze plans yesterday to withdraw about 1,500 soldiers this spring after the faltering effort to drive Shia militias from Basra raised doubts whether the Iraqis are capable of maintaining security in oil-rich southern Iraq.
The British decision was announced in London one week before the top U.S. commander in Iraq is scheduled to appear before Congress to offer his recommendation on how fast the United States should draw down its own forces.
But second thoughts about Iraqi security capabilities emerged as Iraq's government reported a 50-per-cent rise in the number of people killed in March over the previous month.