Tag Archives: Tony Blair

22Nov/17

Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe president – file

HARARE, ZIMBABWE (NOVEMBER 19, 2017) (ZBC) – Robert Mugabe resigned as President of Zimbabwe on Tuesday (November 21) as the country’s parliament began impeachment proceedings against the 93-year-old leader, after the ruling ZANU-PF party fired him as its leader following 37 years in charge. Continue reading

06Sep/17

Britain could still reverse Brexit, former minister Heseltine says

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 5, 2017) (REUTERS) – Brexit could be reversed if economic pain prompts a change in public opinion that brings a new generation of political leaders to power in Britain, former Conservative minister Michael Heseltine said.
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22Feb/17

British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay

British militant Abu-Zakariya al-Britani who blew himself up in Iraq had won compensation for his stay at Guantanamo Bay, security sources say.

(SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) – An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday (February 22).

Islamic State militants said Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, a British citizen who was originally known as Ronald Fiddler and then cast himself as Jamal Udeen al-Harith, detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base southwest of Mosul this week.

The militants also released a photograph of the smiling bomber surrounded by wires in the seat of what appeared to be the car in which he blew himself up.

The photograph was published on Dawaall al-Haq, a website that describes itself as a non-affiliated news agency. Dawaall al-Haq publishes content relating to the Islamic State and other militant groups.

The Islamic State statements could not be independently verified by Reuters but three Western security sources said it was highly likely that Britani was the bomber and now dead.

Britain made a civil damages settlement with British former Guantanamo Bay inmates in 2010 but did not disclose the size of the payouts, citing confidentiality agreements, then-Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke told parliament at the time.

The Daily Mail reported that al-Britani had been awarded $1.25 million by the British government after claiming British agents knew or were complicit in his alleged mistreatment.

Originally from the northern English city of Manchester, he converted to Islam in his 20s. He was detained in Afghanistan by U.S. special forces and taken to Guantanamo in 2002.

He was released in 2004 after the government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair lobbied for his release. He later travelled to Syria to fight with Islamic State.

Britain’s foreign ministry declined to comment on the death of al-Britani but said it had advised for some time against all travel to Syria and large parts of Iraq.

21Feb/17

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe turns 93

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe turns 93 on Tuesday (February 21). Last year he was confirmed as his party’s sole candidate for the next presidential election in 2018, when he will be 94 years old.
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13Dec/15
Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay

British resident held in Guantanamo Bay says UK officers witnessed torture

Shaker Aamer, the last British resident to be held at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay says British security officers witnessed him being tortured in Afghanistan.

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25Oct/15

Baghdad residents react to Tony Blair’s recent apology for the Iraq war

Iraqis respond to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s recent apology for his country’s involvement in the Iraq war. Blair acknowledged the 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime played a part in the Islamic State’s rise.

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25Oct/15

Britain’s Blair says 2003 Iraq invasion played role in Islamic State rise

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledges the 2003 invasion of Iraq played a part in the rise of the Islamic State militant group, and apologises for some mistakes in planning the war.

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11Sep/15

Labour frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn expected to win party leadership vote

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to win control of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, after a campaign which has promised to shift the centre-left party closer to its socialist roots.

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27Jul/15

Surprise contender to lead UK’s Labour, renationalise swaths of economy

A left-wing Labour politician, often regarded as being on the fringes of the British political scene, has seen his chances of leading his party rise dramatically.

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