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Blair: No planning could have prepared us for Iraq

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said no amount of planning could have prepared Coalition troops for the bloodshed in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein's overthrow.

Britain's top general in Iraq, Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb, earlier suggested post-war planning had been "pretty hopeless".

Speaking on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, Mr Blair told ITV News presenter Mark Austin the loss of life was "not because the planning wasn't right".

Mr Blair also said there is "a case for" arming opposition fighters in Syria, a country that he said was "disintegrating before our eyes".

Blair denies Iraq post-war planning was 'hopeless'

The former prime minister Tony Blair has told ITV News "no amount of planning" for a post-war Iraq could help in the "fight" against external forces attempting to destabilise the country.

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the conflict, Mr Blair told Mark Austin that in the case of Iraq, these groups included "Iran on one side and al Qaeda on the other".

Watch Tony Blair's interview in full on tonight's ITV News at Ten at 10pm**


Decorated British general critical of Iraq war planning

Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb, who was was knighted in 2009 for his service in Iraq, has told ITV News that better planning for the war could have saved British lives.

See more of his interview with Mark Austin on ITV News at 10:10pm.

Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb speaks with Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in 2009 Credit: Johnny Green/PA
Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb is knighted by the Prince of Wales Credit: Johnny Green/PA

Who is Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb?

  • Educated at the private Rannock School in Scotland and Sandhurst
  • Singled out for his service in Northern Ireland in the 1970s and 80s
  • Went on to serve in Bosnia, the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan
  • UK's most senior commander in Iraq, serving as deputy to General David Petraeus
  • Knighted in 2009

UK general: Post-war planning in Iraq was 'hopeless'

The most senior British military general in the invasion of Iraq has told ITV News the planning for the rebuilding of the country after the war was "pretty hopeless."

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the war, Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb said that working with the transitional government in Iraq was like "dancing with a broken doll".

See more of his interview with Mark Austin on ITV News at 10:10pm.

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