Friday, November 16, 2007

British Reduce Violence by Leaving Basra

Here is an interesting article in the International Herald Tribune. Violence in the city of Basra (Iraq) fell 90% after British soldiers left the city.
"We thought, 'If 90 percent of the violence is directed at us, what would happen if we stepped back?'" Binns said.

Britain's 5,000 troops moved out of a former Saddam Hussein palace at Basra's heart in early September, setting up a garrison at an airport on the city's edge. Since that pullback, there's been a "remarkable and dramatic drop in attacks," Binns said.

"The motivation for attacking us was gone, because we're no longer patrolling the streets," he said.

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