Blair (left) with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul in November 2005 (epa)
January 2, 2007 -- Prime Minister Tony Blair says British troops must continue their missions in Iraq and Afghanistan during 2007.
In a New Year's message released today, Blair says the threat of global terrorism continues to menace Britain and other countries, and this is one reason why it is important for British troops to carry on with what he called the "battles in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Blair also says he remains committed to working to restart the peace process in the Middle East.
The Afghan Insurgency
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.