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Blair to give evidence at Iraq War inquiry.

Summary: Tony Blair Noun 1. Tony Blair - British statesman who became prime minister in 1997 (born in 1953)
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, Blair
 will give evidence to the Iraq War Iraq War: see under Persian Gulf Wars.
Iraq War
 or Second Persian Gulf War

Brief conflict in 2003 between Iraq and a combined force of troops largely from the U.S. and Great Britain; and a subsequent U.S.
 inquiry early next year, it has been announced.

Tony Blair will give evidence to the Iraq War inquiry early next year, it has been announced.

The former Prime Minister will be among a series of senior Labour figures to be publicly grilled over Britain's involvement in the campaign to topple Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein

(born April 28, 1937, Tikrit, Iraq—died Dec. 30, 2006, Baghdad) President of Iraq (1979–2003). He joined the Ba'th Party in 1957. Following participation in a failed attempt to assassinate Iraqi Pres.

The parents of soldiers killed in the conflict have already warned that they intend to confront the ex-PM at the hearings.

Sir John Chilcot, who is chairing the investigation, indicated that Mr Blair Blair   , Anthony Charles Lynton Known as "Tony" Born 1953.

British lawyer, politician, and Labour Party leader who was elected prime minister in 1997.
 and other Government ministers will be asked to appear before his committee early in the new year.

There is an outside chance that Mr Blair might be the new President of the European Union by then, although his prospects for the job are currently slim.

His appearance at the inquiry could prove damaging for Labour ahead of the General Election.

In a statement today, Sir John said the first five weeks of public evidence sessions, which will begin on November 24, would hear from senior officials and military officers.

"We will ask them to explain the main decisions and tasks, and their involvement," he said. That will give us a clear understanding of how policy developed and was implemented, and what consideration was given to alternative approaches."

Ministers, including Mr Blair, will be called in January and early February.

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Date:Nov 14, 2009
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