Blair to testify in Iraq war inquiry

AP , Friday 21 Jan 2011

The former British prime minister faces the heat

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves his home, in London 21 January 2011. (Reuters)

Britain's former prime minister, Tony Blair, has arrived early for his second round of testimony to an official inquiry into the decision to go to war in Iraq.

The London inquiry, which began in 2009, recalled Blair to testify on Friday about apparent differences between his version and the testimony of other witnesses.

In his first appearance in January last year he said former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had been a threat to the world and had to be removed or disarmed.

Blair and the head of the civil service declined the committee's request to publish communications between the British leader and US President George W. Bush leading up to the invasion in 2003. Members of the commission, however, have seen the correspondence.

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