Blair rejects sending more troops to Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday ruled out sending more British troops to Iraq to seal the porous border with Iran. Blair's government has recently accused Iran's Revolutionary Guard of giving Iraqi insurgents bomb-making technology, and has said that weapons and fighters are smuggled across the poorly protected border. Opposition Conservative Party lawmaker Julian Brazier told the House of Commons that military officials had asked for extra troops to seal the border "and save British lives." Blair said he kept troop numbers under constant review, but said the best way to ensure security was to train Iraqi forces.