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Asked if the new Iraqi Government had put in a request for additional troops, the PMOS said not at this stage. As we had made clear yesterday, and indeed many times during the past month or so, the Iraqi Government, through the National Security Council interfacing with US General David Patraeus, was developing a plan for Iraqi-isation. We would await the outcome of those discussions.

Asked for a reaction to the Defence Select Committee’s criticism that British armed forces were overstretched and whether it would therefore be feasible to send additional troops to Iraq, the PMOS said that any decision would obviously take all the relevant factors into account, as you would expect. Asked for a reaction to reports that the Government had changed its mind about sending more troops to Iraq, the PMOS said that as we had been saying for the past month and a half, any decision would be taken in the context of Iraqi-isation. That process could not be completed until the Iraqi Government, working with the Multi National Force, had calculated what its requirements were.

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