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Blair says ‘I’d do it again’

Former British Prime Minister appears before Iraq War Inquiry

London, England (CNN) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said he fully believed his pre-war claim that Iraq was capable of launching chemical and biological weapons within 45 minutes.

“I did believe it, frankly, beyond doubt,” Blair testified Friday before an inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Blair said Friday that concern over Iraq’s ambitions to develop weapons of mass destruction had been the main factor behind Britain’s decision to back the war.

“This isn’t about a lie or a conspiracy or a deceit or a deception,” Mr. Blair said. “It’s a decision. And the decision I had to take was, given Saddam’s history, given his use of chemical weapons, given the over one million people whose deaths he had caused, given 10 years of breaking U.N. resolutions, could we take the risk of this man reconstituting his weapons program or is that a risk it is responsible to take?”

He went on: “The decision I took — and frankly would take again — was: if there was any possibility that he could develop weapons of mass destruction, we would stop him. It was my view then and that is my view now.”

After six hours of testimony, though, Mr. Blair seemed to have betrayed no new secrets.

(VIDEO) Joe Plumber: Media Shouldn’t Report War

Samuel Wurzelbacher, also known as ‘Joe the Plumber,’ is in Israel working as a rookie war correspondent, where he said Sunday that he believes journalists should be abolished from reporting from war zones. (Jan. 11)

35 Iraq Officials Held in Raids

BAGHDAD — Up to 35 officials in the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior ranking as high as general have been arrested over the past three days with some of them accused of quietly working to reconstitute Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party, according to senior security officials in Baghdad.

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(VIDEO) Bush Dodges Shoes Thrown by Iraqi Journalist

President George W. Bush dodges shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi from Al-Baghdadia television network, during press conference in Baghdad, December 14, 2008

(VIDEO) KBR/Halliburton Slave-like Camps in Iraq


WASHINGTON: A civilian employee of US oil services giant Halliburton and government contractor KBR has charged in a lawsuit the companies exposed thousands of workers to unhealthy, contaminated conditions at an Iraqi military base. 

newsIraq contractor bans cell phones for ‘safety and security’

The suit includes a long list of charges against Halliburton and KBR — formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root, a former subsidiary of Halliburton and the US military’s chief provider in Iraq. 

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