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Blair Says Stable Iraq Will Deal 'Body Blow' To Terrorists --> British PM Blair on a previous visit to Iraq (file photo) (CTK) 22 December 2005 -- Restoring stability in Iraq will deal a "body blow" to global terrorists, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a surprise visit to Iraq today.

In an address to British troops in the southern city of Al-Basrah, Blair said that a stable Iraq would make the region and the whole world safer.

Blair was on his fourth trip to Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 that ousted Saddam Hussein.

The British prime minister earlier held talks with top U.S. and British officials in Iraq.


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