BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Britain handed over security in Basra province to Iraqi forces on Sunday, effectively marking the end of nearly five years of British control of southern Iraq. Thousands of Iraqi police and troops paraded along the embankment of the country's second-biggest city in the largest show of Iraqi military force since the days of Saddam Hussein. ... The British were welcomed into Basra in 2003, but residents soured to them. A BBC poll showed the overwhelming majority of people were glad to see the British go. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20071216/tpl-uk-iraq-43a8d4f_3.html The British Government has committed to further reduce its 4500 (less than 10% of the initial deployment) troops to 2500 by mid 2008. I wonder what the future holds for the citizens of Basra.