Iraq troop withdrawals cut violence
In Basra, violence is a tenth of what it was before British pullback, general says – International Herald Tribune: “Attacks against British and Iraqi forces have plunged by 90 percent in southern Iraq since London withdrew its troops from the main city of Basra, the commander of British forces there said Thursday. The presence of British forces in downtown Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city, was the single largest instigator of violence, Maj. Gen. Graham Binns told reporters Thursday on a visit to Baghdad’s Green Zone. ‘We thought, ‘If 90 percent of the violence is directed at us, what would happen if we stepped back?” Binns said.”
So there’s perhaps a great deal to be said for immediat withdrawal of all foreign occupation troops from Iraq.