Pull troops out now, says soldier

A serving soldier delivered a rare show of dissent last night by criticising Britain’s presence in Iraq on television.

Corporal Richard Bradley, of the Staffordshire Regiment, told the 10 O’clock News on BBC One: “I believe that they should pull every single British troop out of Iraq because at the end of the day were are not achieving nothing out there.

“Blokes are dying for no cause at all and blokes are getting injured for no cause at all.”

His comments came after a member of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment was shot dead while patrolling al-Ashar district of central Basra.

The MoD also confirmed that a tank driver was seriously injured when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Basra this month. The soldier is recovering in hospital in Britain. It was the first time a Challenger has been damaged during British operations in Iraq.