French troops entered the African country of Mali on January 12. Within days the UK announced that it would be sending two planes to assist French forces. They would only offer logistical support and there would be no 'boots on the ground'.
A little after 6.30am on Monday British troops handed over the control of Sangin to the US. The U.S. Marine Corps will take over from the 40 Commando Royal Marines who had been responsible for the security there.
A spokesman for the British Army said violence in Basra has fallen dramatically after the British forces withdrew from the southern Iraqi city early this year. By next month, British will end its combat role in Iraq.
The Times Online is reporting British troops are secretly dealing with the Taliban to form a truce to pull out of one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan. It's a secret deal with the local people. If this isn't controversial, I don't know what is.