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Removing Saddam an uphill task, says Blair
Associated Press, PTI
London, March 28, 2003
First Published: 12:11 IST(28/3/2003)
Last Updated: 13:40 IST(28/3/2003)
Removing Saddam Hussein from power will be "tough and difficult," Prime Minister Tony Blair said in an interview broadcast on Friday.

Speaking after wartime talks with US President George W Bush, Blair said it would take time to "prise the grip of Saddam off the country when it's been there for over 20 years.

"When you've had a whole series of security services repressing the local people, it was never going to be a situation these people were simply going to give up power and go away," Blair told British Broadcasting Corp radio.

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