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Inquiry begun into Iraq war

July 31, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The government launched its first sweeping inquiry into the Iraq war, a potentially explosive national reckoning that will call ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair as a witness and seek evidence from former White House staff members.

John Chilcot, the inquiry chairman, vowed not to shy away from embarrassing truths.

But the panel is not permitted to establish criminal or civil liability.

Bereaved families and anti-war activists have long called for an inquiry to consider Britain's role in a conflict that killed 179 British troops.

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