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Iraq: US Armed Forces

Volume 691: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the impact on safety and security in Iraq of the first two months of the increase in United States military patrols. [HL3047]

As my right honourable friend the Prime Minister made clear in another place on 21 February, we welcome the Iraqi-led Baghdad security plan and recognise the critical importance of security in the capital to the future of the country (Official Report, cols. 262-63). It is too soon to judge the plan's impact, alhough some of the early indications are that the increase in US troops is having a positive effect and the performance of the Iraqi security forces is encouraging.