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From The Telegraph:

Blair rules out more troops for Iraq
(Filed: 27/04/2004)

Tony Blair has signalled that he will not send more British soldiers to Iraq, saying there are already "sufficient troops to do the job".

The Prime Minister made his comments as Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Spanish prime minister, confirmed he would pull 1,400 Spanish troops out of Iraq by May 27.

After holding walks with Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, in Downing Street, Mr Blair said: "We keep the question of troops under review at all times.

"The advice that we have is that we have sufficient troops to do the job."

Britain currently has 7,500 troops in Iraq, most of whom are based around the southern city of Basra.

Mr Blair acknowledged that the coalition would have to "make good any deficiencies" caused by the Spanish withdrawal.

But he said the coalition had been bolstered by Japan and South Korea committing troops to the region.

Mr Zapatero pledged to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq when he was elected in the wake of the Madrid train bombings last month.

His decision, combined with increasing violence across Iraq, has forced coalition planners to review whether Britain or America needs to send in more troops.

American forces are currently filling the gap left by Spanish forces in the holy city of Najaf.

Yesterday it was reported that the Ministry of Defence was considering increasing Britain's force by 2,000 soldiers to be deployed in central Iraq.
Probably ruled it out cos MoD told him there isn't any left to send :roll:


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