The United Kingdom is in the process of pulling back from Basra and to the International Airport in the province. Basra is a mess as the Sadrist JAM, Fadillah and SIIC are intensify their battles with other over control of the smuggling and oil export revenues now that the biggest militia (a reinforced brigade of the British Army) is out of the way. This withdrawal is leaving the UK intrepreters within the city. And here is the problem as reported by the BBC:
Whitehall officials ignored appeals by high-ranking army officers for asylum to be given to 91 interpreters and their families, according to the Times.This is both immoral and stupid. The stupidity is simple as US and UK credibility decreases and therefore increases future difficulties in gaining local trust and help.
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner says interpreters are marked men who "face a horrific death".
The MoD says it considers requests for help from serving or ex-employees on their "individual merits".