Blair recalled for more evidence to Iraq inquiry

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Tony Blair, who took Britain into war in Iraq as prime minister, has been recalled to give additional evidence to the inquiry into the conflict, the inquiry team announced on Wednesday.

Former premier Blair, who gave his first session of evidence in January, will answer further questions about Britain's involvement in the conflict at a public session early next year.

Former foreign minister Jack Straw will also appear as a witness again, while Lord Peter Goldsmith, who was Britain's attorney general at the time of the 2003 US-led invasion, has been asked to provide further written evidence.

In his highly charged appearance before the inquiry, Blair said he had no regrets about the ouster of Saddam Hussein and delivered a robust defence of the invasion.

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 at the conference hall in central London where the inquiry sits was accompanied by hundreds of anti-war protesters.

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

Blair served as prime minister from 1997 to 2007.

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