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PM: Drive Syria extremists out

David Cameron said he wants to see al Qaeda-linked extremists "driven out" of Syria. His comments came as Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi told a gathering in Cairo that his country has cut all diplomatic ties with Syria.

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Blair: Arguments on Syria intervention 'same as Iraq'

Former prime minister Tony Blair said the arguments about whether to intervene in Syria are "exactly" the same as those that took place before the Iraq war.

Speaking ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Mr Blair told The Times (£), "People are no longer going to accept that a minority ruled the country without the say of the majority. It’s exactly the arguments we went through over Iraq".

The Middle East envoy said he believes Britain should help the US to arm Syrian rebels.

Former prime minister Tony Blair. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Mr Blair said: "On Syria, I feel very strongly we are in danger of a failure with catastrophic consequences if we’re not careful.

"This is no longer a civil war between factions within Syria. We should be taking a more interventionist line. That’s where I come from in politics. People can agree or disagree with it.

"There are those within the Syrian Opposition who want a pluralistic society and democracy coming out of all of this - and they are the one group of people who are not being armed”.

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