UK Navy likely gone

On Nov. 22 the British navy will stop training the Iraqi forces that guard 80 percent of oil exports. Their re-authorization is stuck in Iraq’s political quagmire.
The view from a UK Navy speedboat, part of a patrol and training mission, as an oil tanker loads at the al-Basra Oil Terminal (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - British naval trainers will have to leave Iraqi territory in three days when their current agreement expires. Politically deadlocked for the past year, Iraq's government has failed to approve a new deal to arm Iraq's growing navy with sufficient tools to protect the country's sole revenue stream.

"We don't want them to leave," said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh.

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