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Former ambassador: US 'pushed' Blair into Iraq War

Sir Jeremy Greenstock, former UK ambassador to the UN. Credit: PA

The former UK ambassador to the UN in 2003 has said that he believed Tony Blair felt "pushed" into going to war by the Americans.

I felt that at the time, the British felt it at the time, I think the prime minister felt it at the time, that the Americans pushed us into going into military action too early.

– Sir Jeremy Greenstock, UK ambassador to the UN in 2003

Speaking to the BBC Sir Jeremy added that the former prime minister had wanted a UN resolution backing military intervention in Iraq, but that senior US officials thought it was a "waste of time".


UN makes first Syrian aid air drop

The UN has confirmed it has successfully carried out its first Syrian aid air drop into the besieged city of Deir Ezzor.

Previously the UN has been reliant on driving aid in Credit: REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Relief chief Stephen O'Brien told the Security Council on Wednesday that a plane carrying 21 tonnes of humanitarian items had dispatched its cargo as planned as the organisation begins to use air drops as a way to effectively deliver humanitarian aid.

He said: "A WFP plane dropped the first cargo of 21 tonnes of items into Deir Ezzor.We have received initial reports from the SARC team on the ground that pallets have landed in the target area as planned."

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