CBS was the only network to follow up from Baghdad itself. Lara Logan scrutinized Blair's claims that his troops had succeeded in securing the southern Iraqi provinces around Basra and were leaving because their mission was accomplished, as the saying goes. Not quite. Logan recounted how the British were first greeted as liberators but were "forced to swap their berets for helmets and pull back into their bases as their troops repeatedly came under attack." Now rival Shiite militias vie to dominate the oil-rich region. Logan's unnamed US military sources worried that the British pullout "will give Iran free rein to continue its support for these powerful militias."
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