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Blasts rock Baghdad killing 56

Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shi'ite districts of Iraq's capital Baghdad killing at least 50 people, according to police and hospital sources.

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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**

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