Blair back before Iraq inquiry on Jan 21

12th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Tony Blair, who took Britain into war in Iraq as prime minister, will give evidence to an inquiry into the conflict for the second time on January 21, the panel said on Wednesday.

Blair is one of a number of witnesses to be recalled to give evidence to the inquiry headed by a former top civil servant, John Chilcot.

In his highly charged first appearance in January last year, Blair gave a robust defence of the 2003 US-led invasion and said he had no regrets about ousting Saddam Hussein.

He said he accepted "responsibility but not a regret for removing Saddam," insisting the Iraqi leader was a "monster" who had "threatened not just the region but the world."

Blair's appearance in front of the inquiry panel at a conference hall in central London is expected to be accompanied by a demonstration by anti-war protesters.

Britain was the second largest contributor of troops to the invasion.

Blair served as prime minister from 1997 to 2007 and now tours the world in his role as a Middle East peace envoy and has a string of commercial roles.

© 2011 AFP

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