Tony Blair

Eradicating IS war machine not possible without induction of ground troops: Tony Blair

Tony BlairLondon, Sep 22 - The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair has said that the induction of ground troops is necessary to eradicate Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Britain should join the wide international coalition of countries in fight against the Islamic State militants and deploy ground troops including special forces, said Blair.

He warned that airstrikes alone would not be sufficient to fight the militants in the Middle East.

Blair's statement came as Britain is yet to confirm whether it would join the United States and France in launching airstrikes in Iraq to combat the IS militants.

Palestinians should have a state as a right: Blair

tony-blairJerusalem, June 19 : Palestinians "should have a state, not as a reward for good behaviour but as a right", Tony Blair, the official envoy of the Middle East Quartet, said Wednesday.

Blair cautioned Israeli leaders that the "window of opportunity" for peace with the Palestinians might close shortly, Xinhua reported.

"Some say the two-state solution is a fantasy. The fantasy is thinking one-state is sustainable or consistent with Israeli values," Blair said at the Fifth Presidential Conference hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Life in Iraq 10 years on not as I hoped: Tony Blair

Life in Iraq 10 years on not as I hoped: Tony BlairLondon, Feb 27 : Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said life in Iraq in the present times is not what he hoped it would be when he opted to invade 10 years ago.

Blair said there had been "significant improvements" but that "it is not nearly what it should be", pointing in particular to on-going terror attacks, reports the BBC. However, he insisted that the situation under Saddam Hussein was far worse.

Palestine wants ‘pro-Israel’ Middle East peace envoy Blair axed as he is ‘of no use’

 Palestine wants ‘pro-Israel’ Middle East peace envoy Blair axed as he is ‘of no use’ London, Oct 6 : A senior Palestinian official has called for the removal of Tony Blair from his position as Middle East peace envoy, saying the former British leader is ‘biased towards Israel’ and is ‘of no use at all.’

Mohammed Ishtayeh, a member of the Central Committee of the dominant Fatah movement and a confidant of President Mahmoud Abbas, said Blair was no longer trusted as an impartial mediator.

I tried to convince Gaddafi to quit power following Libyan uprising: Blair

 I tried to convince Gaddafi to quit power following Libyan uprising: BlairLondon, Sept 10 : Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he tried to convince Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to give up power after the start of the revolt against his regime.

Blair said he had no regrets about setting aside decades of hostility between Britain and Libya and holding out an olive branch in 2004, because in return, Gaddafi agreed to give up his programme of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Tony Blair wants one world under malaria

MalariaCan malaria be effectively used to combat terrorism? Strange as that might sound, that is exactly what is under experimentation by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

After ceasing to be premier, Blair, who was always interested in bringing people of different religions together, set up the TonyBlairFaithFoundation which has a project underway in Asian and African countries which hopes to achieve just that.

Blair rejects claims he is making himself rich after exit as PM

Blair rejects claims he is making himself rich after exit as PMLondon, Dec. 21 : Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has hit out at claims that he has done little but make ­himself rich since leaving Downing Street, stating that he could have made five times as much money if he had wanted.

Blair is estimated to have made 14-million-pounds in the past 24 months.

“When leaders step down they all do a certain amount of paid speaking and that is fair enough. If all I wanted to do was make speeches, let me tell you, I could make five times the number,” the Daily Express quoted Blair, as saying.

Blair spends thousands on party at Prince William''s favourite nightclub

Blair spends thousands on party at Prince William''s favourite nightclubLondon, Dec. 20 : As Britain’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair acquired a reputation for being stingy and cheap when it came to doling out goodies to his staff. Staff could expect little more than a mince pie and mulled wine at their Christmas party.

But now, the former Labour leader has become a multi-millionaire world statesman, and he let loose his purse strings at was a lavish festive soirée for his employees.

Blair sycophancy blamed for British involvement in Iraq war

Blair sycophancy blamed for British involvement in Iraq warLondon, Dec. 14 : Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “sycophancy” towards Washington and the failure of the governing class to speak the truth were cited as key factors for Britain’s involvement in the second Gulf war against Iraq in 2003.

A former prosecutions chief, Sir Ken Macdonald, told the Lord Chilcot Inquiry that Blair indulged and engaged in an “alarming subterfuge” with George Bush, and then misled and cajoled the British people into a war they did not want.

Tony Blair''s daughter defies father''s wishes

Tony Blair''s daughter defies father''s wishesLondon, Dec 12 : Ex-British PM Tony Blair''s daughter Kathryn is defying her father''s wishes by becoming a lawyer.

The 21-year-old has made up her mind to go against her former barrister dad, reports the Daily Express.

She has decided to study law with an Erasmus scholarship, a foreign study scheme, in Strasbourg.

Tony''s wife Cherie Blair, who also works as a barrister, told Tatler magazine: "Tony was against her going into law. I was furious with him!"

I would have invaded Iraq, WMDs or not: Tony Blair

I would have invaded Iraq, WMDs or not: Tony BlairLondon, Dec 12 - Former British prime minister Tony Blair has said he would have led Britain to invade Iraq even if he had known it had no weapons of mass destruction, inviting condemnation.

"I would still have thought it right to remove him (Iraqi president Saddam Hussein). I mean, obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments about the nature of the threat," he told BBC in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.

Man charged with possessing gun near Blair''s London mansion

Man charged with possessing gun near Blair''s London mansionLondon, Dec 10 : Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was at the centre of a security alert after a man was arrested near his 3.5million pound home in Connaught Street, Central London, for possessing a firearm.

According to reports, Kutjim Nurka, a 56-year-old Albania national has been arrested over the incident.

There was no threat to Blair''s safety, it is understood.

The 56-year-old suspect is thought to have dropped the gun from the window of his car after being stopped by suspicious police officers.

Senior Army officer urged Blair to delay war two days before Iraq invasion

Tony BlairLondon, Dec. 8 : Two days before the start of the Iraq war, a senior Army officer asked former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to delay the invasion as a “coherent post-war plan” was not “anywhere near ready,” an Iraq war inquiry panel has been told.

Major General Tim Cross, who was attached to the Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance (ORHA) set up by the US to manage post-war reconstruction, said he told Blair on March 18, 2003 that post war plans were "woefully thin".

Secret letter reveals Blair knew Iraq invasion was illegal

Secret letter reveals Blair knew Iraq invasion was illegalLondon, Nov. 30 : A secret letter sent by former British Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, to Tony Blair could prove that the former prime minister lied about the Iraq War being legal.

Eight months before the Iraq invasion, Lord Goldsmith – in a memo – had warned Blair that the conflict would be a breach of international law.

Tony Blair’s son set to open his own football agency

Tony Blair’s son set to open his own football agencyLondon, Nov. 28 : Nicky Blair, the son of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, is set to establish his own football agency in partnership with a university friend.

The Oxford-educated schoolteacher already runs a computer gaming business with his housemate, 22-year-old Gabriel Moraes.

Now the pair has reportedly set themselves up as football agents.

Bush, Blair signed `blood deal'' to overthrow Saddam before Iraq war

Bush, Blair signed `blood deal'' to overthrow Saddam before Iraq warLondon, Nov 27 : To declare war on Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein regime, former British Prime Minster Tony Blair and ex-US President George W Bush might have secretly “signed in blood” a deal to overthrow Saddam a year before going to the war, according to a former senior diplomat.

Britain’s Ambassador to Washington in the run-up to the Iraq war, Sir Christopher Meyer, said an agreement to aim for “regime change” may have been reached during a private meeting at the President’s Crawford ranch in April 2002.

Blair knew 10 days in advance before Iraq war that Saddam did not have WMD

Blair knew 10 days in advance before Iraq war that Saddam did not have WMDLondon, Nov 26 : Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s government knew ten days in advance before declaring war on Iraq that Saddam Hussein did not have access to weapons of mass destruction, according to the inquiry into the war.

Inspectors in Iraq had informed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that they believed that Saddam might not have chemical and biological weapons, but the new intelligence report was dismissed with British and US troops massed on the border.

Germans to block Blair bid to be Europe President

Germans to block Blair bid to be Europe PresidentLondon, Nov. 19 : Britain is locked in a dramatic clash with Germany over backing former prime minister Tony Blair''s bid to be President of Europe.

With Berlin deciding not to back Blair, Prime Minister Gordon Brown is preparing one last-ditch effort to urge deadlocked leaders to pick his predecessor for the powerful new role.

His chances were rocked when a top German official revealed that his country was backing Belgian PM Herman Van Rompuy for the post.

Polish poll on EU presidency: Merkel before Blair, Barroso, Sarkozy

Polish poll on EU presidency: Merkel before Blair, Barroso, Sarkozy Warsaw  - Some 28 per cent of Poles would back German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the European Union presidency, said a survey Friday in the daily Rzeczpospolita.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair got some 17 per cent of support among the Polish public, according to the telephone survey conducted by GfK Polonia. The newspaper didn't indicate the size of the survey's sample.

Only 1 in 3 Brits want Blair to become EU president

Only 1 in 3 Brits want Blair to become EU presidentLondon, Oct. 30 : Only one in three Brits want former Prime Minister Tony Blair to be appointed as the president of the European Union, a new poll has found.

According to a Daily Telegraph/YouGov poll, just 31 per cent of voters want to see him become president of the European Council, while another 31 per cent are opposed.

Thirty-eight per cent remained undecided.

The lack of overwhelming domestic support for Blair is set to fuel European doubts about him.




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