Asked for the Prime Minister’s view on the current situation in Basra, the PMS replied that our general position on what was happening in Basra was that this was a deployment by Iraqi security forces; the fact that the Iraqi security forces were able to engage in this way in Basra was a recognition of the training and support that they had been given in recent years. They were now in a position to take on a greater degree of responsibility for their own security.
Asked if the Government was confident that the troops were still willing and able to support the Iraqi troops, the PMS replied that we had provided air support and other specialist support including medical care at our field hospital, but it was not really appropriate to comment on operational matters.
Asked if the argument against having an inquiry was that it would be a distraction, the PMS said that that was correct.
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