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July 30, 2009

BLAIR TO BE CALLED FOR BRITISH IRAQ INQUIRY

Independent, UK - Tony Blair will be called to give evidence to the Iraq war inquiry, its chairman confirmed today. Sir John Chilcot warned that his team would "not shy away from making criticism" if they uncovered mistakes. Launching the long-awaited inquiry, Sir John said the former prime minister, who sent British forces into the conflict alongside the US, would be among witnesses called.

He repeated his insistence that, "wherever possible", evidence would be heard in public, perhaps live on television, but some sessions would remain behind closed doors, "consistent with the need to protect national security, sometimes to ensure complete candor and openness from witnesses".

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