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Tony Blair To Face Iraq Probe Early Next Year


Families of soldiers killed in Iraq have already warned they intend to confront Blair at the hearings over his support as premier for the war.

Blair, who has vowed to cooperate "fully" with the probe, faced intense public hostility after backing then US president George W. Bush in the 2003 invasion to topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

His resulting unpopularity was one of the main factors which led to him quitting in 2007.

His successor Gordon Brown announced the probe in June, honouring a pledge to hold one after troops had pulled out of Iraq.

Brown initially said the inquiry would be held in private but was forced into an embarrassing U-turn within days. He also had to backtrack after saying it would not "apportion blame."

The inquiry will examine the circumstances leading up to Britain's decision under Blair to support the invasion, and its aftermath.

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