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December 19, 2007

Lock, Stock And Barrel

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From a symbolic standpoint, it seems pretty lame that security concerns forced the British to hand off Basra to the Iraqis out at the airport on Sunday.  And, security for the hoopla was all courtesy of the Brits.

Looking for ceremonial images, the newswire was full of “perimeter” pics like these.

In pictures: Basra handover (BBC)

UK has left behind murder and chaos, says Basra police chief (Guardian)

British hand over Basra in disarray (ABC)

(images:  Atef Hassan/Reuters.  Outside Basra airport. December 16, 2007.  via YahooNews.)

  • Neal

    The Brits did the old “declare victory and run for your lives”!
    Kind of a new version of a helicopter on the roof of the embassy in Saigon.
    They have been under constant attack in the Basra area for the past few years–an article earlier this year said their outposts had received the most attacks since a unit in WW2.
    There were only two options, massive escalation or withdraw.

  • jtfromBC

    ‘I came to rid Basra of its enemies and I now formally hand Basra back to its friends.’
    - Maj-Gen. Graham Binns.
    [The presence of British forces in the centre of Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, was the single largest instigator of violence, Maj-Gen Graham Binns said on Thursday on a visit to Baghdad's Green Zone..]
    okey dokey general, i’m getting the drift now…

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