Monday, October 18, 2004

"650 crack troops" to shift?

The US has asked the UK to move troops from South Iraq to areas near Baghdad:

U.S. commanders have asked Britain to shift 650 crack troops from southern Iraq to more dangerous positions near Baghdad, freeing American troops for an anticipated large-scale assault on the terrorist stronghold of Fallujah, officials said.

Defense Ministry officials said the government had not made a decision on the request, which will be announced to the House of Commons by British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon today, but other sources said the appeal would be "very difficult to refuse."

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