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To followers of my old blog - and any newcomers - welcome to the new home for my writing on world affairs, defence, and security matters.

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You can still find all of my old posts here.

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Mark Urban Article written by Mark Urban Mark Urban Diplomatic and defence editor, BBC Newsnight

CIA interrogation report: Just what did the UK know?

Mark Urban explores the question of what the UK knew about rendition and interrogation techniques, in the wake of the US Senate report that criticised the CIA.

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    Comment number 12.

    E. Mediterranean gas fields negotiated among EU, Turkey, Iran, Syria, & Lebanon. Aside from Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline, existence of gas fields is also reason why Kremlin has created grip in Syria. This was done by upgrading Soviet-era naval facilities. Moreover, Iran has agreed to help develop natural gas fields for Beirut and Damascus. Is this what's behind Syrian situation?

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    Comment number 11.

    Mark, sorry to misplace this, but I don't know where else to put my thoughts, which are bothering me.
    Syria is central to 2 important energy corridors. 1. Turkey & Caspian to Israel & Red Sea + 2. Iraq to Mediterranean. Surrender of Syria would mean US & allies would control energy routes, plus natural gas fields off the Lebanese & Syrian coastline, most importantly keeping China away.

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    Comment number 10.

    Babar Ahmad. Met paid him £60K - was this to keep incident out of public view. Will we get our money back or can prosecution appeal innocent decision re cops?

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    Comment number 9.

    Obama & Cameron discussed the world's 2 ongoing wars of aggression - Afghanistan & Libya. I guess they decided to bomb Tripoli FLAT. Amidst their barbecue jokes/humor, Libyan, Afghan & Pakistani civilians endured Hellfire missiles.
    NATO launched a one-hour bombardment of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, most ferocious attack in more than two months, killing 19 people & injuring over 130 others.

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    Comment number 8.

    Here it comes - what all this negativity against Pakistan has been leading up to:
    NATO has admitted that the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons is a matter of deep concern, this the day after the assault on a Pakistani military base. NATO (Rasmussen) said it's a matter of concern and we follow the situation closely.
    Guess where the next imperialist war is headed...

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    Comment number 7.

    Hopefully the next version of this new blog format will correct the limitations and lack of functionality that makes it so depressing to use.

    Hey, next time around, they might even ask the blog users what they think!

    Until such a time arrives, my own BBC blog output will be extremely limited, which I'm sure is no great loss.

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    Comment number 6.

    What a pack of political hounds keep on nipping at your blog's heels (grin). Since, you haven't written anything regarding recent kerfuffles... well, that ain't gonna stop us from commenting.
    Have mercy on us and write something.

    And btw, this 'essential' relationship.... it has me gagging! Seems like both of them have run out of motivational rhetoric.

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    Comment number 5.

    So Britain's 'Special Relationship' with the US is now to be 'Essential - as in 'Essence' the French word for 'petrol'?

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    Comment number 4.

    Continuation re Pakistan:
    US/bin Laden raid reinforced antipathy between US & Pakistani.
    But pivotal event: Obama escalated Afghan war, this in spite of US knowledge Pakistan supporting Taliban as strategy (re INDIA).
    Pakistan is determined to use the Taliban & Haqqani Network because it doesn't want Afghan Govt led by a Pashtun sympathizer to India” i.e. Hamid Karzai.

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    Comment number 3.

    Add your comment...Just room to repeat myself: While BBC News continues to put art, way before substance, Britain will stay mired in THE AGE OFPERVERSITY.

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    Comment number 2.

    Why this change?
    The comments won't be more than 4-5 lines. The quality of discussions *will* go down and perhaps the readership as well.
    Your blog's topic, intrinsically, has so much historical baggage behind it and other evidence.... can one even say anything, successfully, in this limited format?

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    Comment number 1.

    'You'll be able to find all my written pieces here'

    Just... don't expect quite the same quality of feedback in return given the limitations. That might even fit on twitter before it is banned too.



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