Britain to Halt Troop Withdrawals in Iraq

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Britain is sticking by its decision to halt its troop withdrawals from Iraq.

Britain's Defense Secretary says troop reductions will only be made "if conditions allow."

The pause comes after the recent upsurge in fighting between Iraqi forces and Shiite militias.

Casualties and overall levels of violence in Iraq are down substantially.

But fighting ticked up again after Iraqi troops moved last month to regain control of Basra from Shiite militias.

Right now British soldiers are in the middle of training an entire Iraqi army division.

Britain has around 4,500 troops in Iraq.

CBN News spoke with author and blogger Michael Yon, who spent time on the frontlines in Iraq.

Click the play button for his comments on progress in the country.

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