Thursday, 24 July 2008
The good news on Basra
On the MoD website is a remarkably well-written and upbeat piece attributed to Major General Barney White-Spunner, the UK's most senior officer in southern Iraq and the man in charge of multi-national troops in the region.
A city we were once writing off as a basket case is undergoing a resurgence, as peace and prosperity returns, with house prices doubling and even trebling in the smarter suburbs.
First published in The Times, the piece makes a happy contrast to the doom and gloom we so often read, the MoD reprint also enlivened by a picture of a trio of Mastiffs on patrol (above - looks like a new ECM device on the front).