Saturday, December 09, 2006

EDM 335: immediate withdrawal from Iraq

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Commons motion for immediate withdrawal from Iraq

There is an urgent need to secure support for the Early Day Motion calling for immediate withdrawal from Iraq, submitted to the House of Commons on 28 November by John McDonnell MP. The motion was drafted with the assistance of Iraq Occupation Focus.


That this House notes with alarm the conclusion of the October 2006 Lancet report that coalition forces in Iraq have been directly responsible for the deaths of at least 186,000 Iraqis since the start of the 2003 invasion; recognises that according to a September 2006 Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) poll, 78 per cent. of Iraqis believe that the US military presence in Iraq is provoking more conflict than it is preventing; recalls the conclusion of the April 2006 US National Intelligence Estimate on global terrorism that `The Iraq conflict has become the cause cel├ębre for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement'; further notes the recent statement by the Head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, that British forces should be withdrawn from Iraq soon because their presence exacerbates the security problems; further notes that there have been over 118 British military deaths in Iraq since the 2003 invasion; and calls on the Government to withdraw all British forces from Iraq immediately.

Although the motion represents the majority view in both Iraq and Britain, only eight MPs have signed so far:

McDonnell, John
Corbyn, Jeremy
Wareing, Robert N
Cryer, Ann
Galloway, George
Davies, Dai
Cohen, Harry
Abbott, Diane

Please contact your MP urgently.