Ungodly Politics

"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearingen

Friday, April 23, 2004  

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | US wants British to move north into heart of Iraq fighting:

"The Ministry of Defence is resisting US pressure on Britain to extend its sphere of military influence in Iraq to some of the most violent parts of the country, including the capital Baghdad.
Britain is being leant on by the US military, although no formal request has been issued, to provide a new headquarters unit in south-central Iraq to replace Spanish troops being pulled out by the new Madrid government. That would take British troops into the troubled town of Najaf, where the radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is holed up.
Some British military figures have also been told that UK forces may be asked to undertake a hearts and minds operation inside Baghdad, currently an exclusively US sphere of influence. "

The question is not whether this will happen but how long can the British government deflect pressure from the Bush Administration. If more of the "Coalition of the Willing" remove their troops from harms way expect this pressure to become an administration public clamour. Public consent for deploying British troops currently hangs by a thread. Deploying British troops in Iraq's most dangerous areas, with the resulting butcher's bill, could swing British public opinion in the "Spanish" direction.

posted by RogueTrooper | 05:58 | |
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