British troops pulled out of their besieged base in central Basra last night.
The move to the city's airport is the clearest sign yet that Gordon Brown is paving the way for a complete withdrawal from Iraq.
The last 550 troops in Basra Palace had been surrounded by Shia militants in a scene likened to "cowboys and Indians". ...
[T]he move produced an angry reaction in Washington. Bush administration officials were furious that the operation was launched at a time when the president is begging for more time for his 'surge' strategy to turn the tide of the war.