Papers report on US combat troops pulling out of Iraq


The withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq is widely reported and commented on in Friday's newspapers.

The Guardian says the conflict began with "shock and awe" and ended with "a silent trickle" across the border into Kuwait in the dead of night.

Meanwhile, the Independent's front page features the headline "Goodbye to Iraq" and an image of two US soldiers running towards the Kuwait border.

Reporting the pull out, the Daily Mirror asks: "Was it worth it?"

Rate rip-off?

The Daily Telegraph marks the first anniversary of the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi.

It says the man who ordered the release - Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill - should take the "only honourable step left for him" and resign.

The Daily Mail says high street lenders are refusing to pass on the full benefit of historically low interest rates to customers.

The paper calls it "a great fixed rate rip-off".

Royal wedding?

David and Victoria Beckham have sacked 14 of their staff as part of a money-saving drive, according to the Sun, which put the story on its front page.

It quotes a "horrified accountant" who warned the couple that they were "pouring money down the drain.

The Daily Express, quoting German aristocrat Eduard Prinz von Anhalt, predicts Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry next summer.

Its headline simply states: "July wedding cake for William and Kate."

Posh dogs

On its back page, the Times reports that defender William Gallas is set to sign for Tottenham Hotspur.

It says if the deal goes through it will make him only the sixth player to move from Arsenal to their north London rivals.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports on the demise of Lassie, Patch and Rover as more and more dog owners "go posh" when naming their pets.

It believes dog lovers are "humanising" their animals with children's names such as Alfie, Poppy and Charlie.

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