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.
Shortly after assuming his post as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad laid out his vision for that country in a major policy address. His plan called for a national compact enshrined in the constitution; the isolation and defeat of terrorists and hardcore Ba'athists and encouraging the region's leaders to address problems in a cooperative spirit and to pressure those who continue to foment instability....(more)