Prime Minister of Iraq is still furious at the United Kingdom for what he believes is its failure to crush the forces of his enemy, Moqtada al-Sadr. Britain’s troops were supposed to begin withdrawing in March, 2009 and, most probably, many will be sent as reinforcements to UK troops fighting in Afghansitan. Maliki has refused to even hold discussions with Britain until after the Iraq parliament has ratified the agreement with America regarding evacuation of its forces. If Iraq fails to negotiate an evacuation process with England, their troops in Iraq after December 31, 2008 will not be covered by any legal process.
The fiasco over the status of British troops in Iraq is simply one more episode in the disastrous operation in Iraq that began when Bush invaded the country searching for WMD that did not exist. Mailiki is angry British forces did not assist in the summer of 2007 efforts of his government to crush al-Sadr. Of course, British soldiers have died fighting for the Mailiki government, but, such is the way of things in Iraq.