The head of the British army Chief of the General Staff Sir Richard Dannatt says it's time to start packing our bags and saying the farewells in Iraq. (Following the link you can listen to an AM interview).
Although he denies being out of step with the British Prime Minister - he says he wants to have an army in 5 or 10 years time and urges political leaders not to break the army in Iraq. "We can't be here forever at this level....Don't let's break it on this one." He also says that Afghanistan is the bigger, more important battle.
In almost a throwaway line, certainly one that the interviewer didn't follow up on - he implies that the British Army will not accept Sharia law in Britain. Does that mean coup? He didn't sound threatening, but think about this a little bit. Why does the head of the army feel that he even needs to mention this? I can't believe that I'm saying this - but I think I might just support a military coup which restored English common law to a Sharia ruled UK.
Meanwhile, Newsrack Blog brings us the news that Southerners are no longer in favor of the Iraq War and that they are more "saddened" by the war than those in other regions.