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Operation SINBAD

Asked if there would be a Prime Ministerial statement now that Operation SINBAD had finished, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that as the Prime Minister had said yesterday, SINBAD had now been completed, and it was being assessed. What we had always said was that at some stage, there would be a statement, and that was still the case. In terms of the timing, people should wait and see.

Put that reports said it would be delayed and therefore, not this month, the PMOS said that he had not seen those reports, and would not necessarily follow them but the Prime Minister and colleagues would assess them, and then decide the way forward.

Asked if the Operation was considered a successful, the PMOS said it had been, in terms of the process of getting the Iraqis in control in Basra. It had also just as importantly established infrastructure projects that were continuing and which were highly useful.

Asked if the Prime Minister believed that the Iraqis were in control in Basra, the PMOS said that they were increasingly in control in Basra, but people should wait for the Prime Minister’s statement for the full assessment, as the PMOS said he was not going to pre-empt it.

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