Archive: Middle East

Straw appeals for hostages' release

Foreign secretary Jack Straw has repeated his call for Iraqi militants to release four Westerners they are holding hostage.


    Reid sends police chief to Basra

    Defence secretary John Reid is sending a top policeman, former Northern Ireland police chief Sir Ronnie Flanagan, to Iraq to review the police force in Basra.


    Reid visits British troops in Basra

    John Reid has confirmed his belief that British troops could begin withdrawing from Iraq next year, ahead of a visit to UK forces in the southern town of Basra.

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