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In pictures: Tony Blair in Iraq

Blair at Baghdad airport

Tony Blair arrived in Baghdad, unannounced, at the start of his seventh and probably final visit to Iraq as prime minister.

Blair flies to the Green Zone

After arriving at Baghdad Airport, Mr Blair boarded a helicopter to fly to the city's heavily fortified Green Zone.

Blair and Nouri Maliki

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki welcomed Mr Blair to the Green Zone, which was hit by mortars shortly before his arrival.

Nuri Maliki and Blair hold hands

Mr Maliki took Mr Blair's hand as they walked together in the Green Zone.

Blair, Jalal Talabani and Nouri Maliki

At a press conference Mr Blair insisted progress was being made in Iraq, in spite of the violence engulfing the country.

Blair in Basra

In an emotional address in Basra, Mr Blair said 'thank you' to British troops.

Blair with troops in Basra

Mr Blair chatted to troops over tea and biscuits. Minutes later mortars rocked the British Army headquarters in Basra. No-one was hurt.

Blair's tribute to troops in Iraq
19 May 07 |  Middle East

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