FROM Michael Smith
British Announce Troop Withdrawal from Iraq Britain's Defence Minister said today that "thousands" of British troops will be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of next year. Although he gave no firm timetable, Des Browne's comments confirm the timetable detailed recently by Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett. Some 7200 British troops remain in southern Iraq.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.