The PM was cheered as he praised UK troops and revealed combat operations in Basra will end “within two weeks”.
Iraqi forces will take over as the 4,500-strong British force switches from front-line duties to a training role.
By early next year, our contingent in Southern Iraq will be cut to 2,500 – and may be withdrawn completely in March.
The PM broke the good news in a flying visit to Iraq.
He landed at the Army’ s base at Basra airport in darkness in an RAF Hercules transporter plane.
Minutes later he spoke to Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki.