Thanks again to Norm,
" . . . here's a passage from Gordon Brown's letter to the Liberal Democrat leader, on Britain's continuing obligations in Iraq:
We are there at the express invitation of the Iraqi Government, implementing a UN mandate renewed last November in UNSCR 1723.
We, together with the rest of the international community, have undertaken to support the country's political and economic development through the UN-led International Compact for Iraq.
Remember when lack of UN authorization was given as amongst the reasons pulling thousands of people on to the streets in protest against the military intervention in Iraq? Me too."