This shouldn’t come as any surprise, but this isn’t encouraging news for me.

As I’ve said before, I feel that if we don’t have a presence in Iraq for a while, sectarian violence is going to get worse and tear the country into thirds. I mean seriously, you have a regime like Saddam’s in place for so many years, and you think the Kurds, Sunnis and Shi’ites are going to play nice after we’re gone? Jeezus, I hope they do but I certainly don’t hold out much hope that it’s going to happen.

But hey, read this from the Telegraph and share your comments below:

All British and United States troops serving in Iraq will be withdrawn within a year in an effort to bring peace and stability to the country.

The news came as defence chiefs admitted privately that the British troop commitment in Afghanistan may last for up to 10 years.

The planned pull-out from Iraq follows the acceptance by London and Washington that the presence of the coalition, mainly composed of British and US troops, is now seen as the main obstacle to peace.

According to a senior defence source directly involved in planning the withdrawal, Britain is the driving force behind the scheme. The early spring of next year has been identified as the optimum time for the start of the complex and dangerous operation.

What do you think is going to happen if we pull out so soon?

The military is denying a pullout timetable. Good.

Still, I can’t help but wonder if this is just a public denial of a true story simply to make sure that the terrorists aren’t readying for a specific date. Misinformation is always a part of our military communications strategy, and this could be no different. Time will tell.

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