Iraqi Inaction Leads to U.K. Troop Pullout

British soldiers stand guard next to their armored vehicle, after it was hit by a roadside bomb in Basra, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. No casualties were reported, Iraqi police said.
AP Photo/Nabil al-Jourani
Britain says it will withdraw its remaining forces in Iraq to Kuwait, after the Iraqi parliament failed to pass a deal allowing the British troops to stay beyond the end of the month.

The deal would have let up to 100 British troops stay in Iraq to protect oil platforms and provide training in the south of the country.

The rest of the British forces are withdrawing under a separate agreement.

British Embassy spokesman Jawwad Syed said Tuesday it's a procedural delay and that the remaining British forces will pull back to Kuwait until the issue is resolved.

He says it's a temporary move and that he's optimistic they'll find a way to allow the Britons to return to Iraq.

Iraq's parliament adjourned on Monday for a month-long recess.