PM, in Iraq, says that "war is over" for British troops; not really, Prime Minister
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has just told troops in Iraq that "the war is over", and combat operations in Basra will end within two weeks. He called their efforts a success.
"Iraqi forces will take over as the 4,500-strong British force switches from front-line duties to a training role."
Brown, who escaped criticism at home by flying into Iraq, is correct when he says that British troops were courageous. Inadequately supplied and poorly equipped by their own government they had to rely on their intelligence and bravery and skill, as we wrote here .
Meanwhile, thousands of British troops are engaged in a fierce battle in Afghanistan to retake Musa Qaleh. This is another campaign in a war that, contrary to the Prime Minister's claims, is not over.