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.

He was responding to criticism from the most senior British general in the coalition forces, who told ITV News that the post-war planning was "pretty hopeless".

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".

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