British troops risk becoming 'provocation' in Iraq, Blair warns

October 19th, 2006  
Team Infidel

Topic: British troops risk becoming 'provocation' in Iraq, Blair warns

Media: AFP
Date: 18 October 2006

LONDON, Oct 18, 2006 (AFP) - Britain will withdraw its troops progressively
from Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair reiterated Wednesday, warning that
they risked becoming a "provocation" if they failed to hand over to Iraq

"It is our policy to withdraw progressively from Iraq as the Iraqi forces
are capable of taking on the security task," Blair told the House of
Commons during weekly question time.

"That is why it is important, when we are able to hand over to them that we
do so, otherwise of course we are a provocation rather than a help to
them," Blair added.

He gave examples of where he said British troops were handing over
successfully to Iraqi security forces.

Blair was responding to questions fueled by comments from his army chief,
who provoked a storm last week by saying that Britain's troop presence was
"exacerbating" Britain's security problems in Iraq and elsewhere.

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