The Independent revealed that senior British military leaders have advised Prime Minister Gordon Brown that British forces, for all intent, have lost the fight for Basra. British troops are literally besieged inside Basra where each day they are assaulted by dozens of mortar shells. As one advisor noted: “We’ve done what we can in the south of Iraq.” The Independent quotes an American official as saying: “The British have basically been defeated in the south.”
The story also indicates our CIA is anxious to continue using certain sites in Basra for spying upon Iran. But, there is no doubt it is merely a matter of months before the entire 5,500 man British army leaves Iraq.