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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: 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".

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