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Iraq: Withdrawal

Volume 690: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What contingency plans the Ministry of Defence has in place to organise any rapid withdrawals of United Kingdom military components from Iraq in circumstances of operational difficulty. [HL2453]

The UK is currently in Iraq at the request of the democratically elected Government of Iraq as authorised by United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1723. We remain committed to assisting the Iraqi Government and people in building a stable and secure nation for the future.

Military commanders in theatre and at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in the UK keep the operational situation and intelligence picture in theatre under constant review. Intelligence and operational information feeds the planning process, which takes into account current and predicted trends.

In the event that conditions on the ground required a withdrawal, there are contingencies available to military commanders. These include the use of the theatre reserve force and the ability to reassign assets as required.