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British PM: Troops in Iraq Until Job is Done

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says his country's troops will remain in Iraq as long as the Iraqi government needs them.

Mr. Blair told British radio (BBC) Sunday that while he was surprised by the ferocity of resistance in Iraq, British troops would stay until the job is done.

On Saturday, thousands of people marched through London to protest the war and demand the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq.

The annual conference of Britain's ruling Labor Party begins in Brighton Sunday. Mr. Blair's party is divided over Britain's participation in the Iraq conflict and the continued deployment of 8,500 British troops there.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.