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After a struggle that looked more like mud-wrestling than statesmanship, the British government announced it would send 850 soldiers from its zone in southern Iraq to the American zone near Baghdad. When news of the redeployment first broke — via leaks by family members who were outraged that the soldiers wouldn't be home for Christmas as planned — Prime Minister Tony Blair had an ugly fight on his hands. Only 40% of British people now think the Iraq war was justified, and to many M.P.s, including previously loyal members of Blair's Labour Party, this additional...

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