Blair pays surprise visit to Iraq




 
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December 22nd, 2005  
phoenix80
 
 

Topic: Blair pays surprise visit to Iraq


Tony Blair has flown to Basra to pay a surprise Christmas visit to British troops stationed in Iraq.

The Prime Minister touched down in an RAF Hercules from Kuwait. The visit was kept a closely-guarded secret until today.
Mr Blair was due to have meetings with the UK's deputy ambassador to Iraq Tim Torlot, US officials and British military commander Nick Houghton.
Lieutenant General Houghton is the most senior British official in Iraq. The Prime Minister was also meeting America's head commander, Gen George Casey.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said Mr Blair wanted to show his and the nation's gratitude to the 8,500 British servicemen and women in Iraq.
The spokesman added that Mr Blair also wanted to "talk through the way forward" with diplomats and military commanders in the wake of last week's Iraqi elections.
The Prime Minister will also discuss how the process of 'Iraqi-isation' of local military and security forces is progressing in the UK's main sector of operations with General John Cooper, general officer commanding of the south east region based around Basra.
British commanders have expressed concern in the past that local security forces have been infiltrated by insurgents.
Mr Blair's spokesman said that following that up-to-date assessment "then we are in a better position to talk about what happens to our troops".

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...portaltop.html
December 22nd, 2005  
Welshwarrior
 
 
We are all hoping of course that he might just stay for the duration. I wonder if GWB is planning a vist to his troops for Christmas, or will he be on holiday?
December 22nd, 2005  
phoenix80
 
 
I dunno... VP Cheney was just there
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December 22nd, 2005  
MightyMacbeth
 
 
yeah.. I saw his plane :P joke..


I saw it on the news, guess its no secret anymore.

My mother read that it was a hurricane and I was like what!?!?, misread it, was sure it was a Hercules
December 23rd, 2005  
Morten
 
 
ye i read an article about it on the danish official military website... he also paid a visit to the danish section of the camp
December 23rd, 2005  
MightyMacbeth
 
 
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Originally Posted by Morten
ye i read an article about it on the danish official military website... he also paid a visit to the danish section of the camp
only them 2? not fair lol.

what about some other nations?
December 23rd, 2005  
Morten
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MightyMacbeth
only them 2? not fair lol.

what about some other nations?
i dont think theres other nations in that camp... i might be wrong though...