Blair’s Iraq war motives queried

Richard Norton-Taylor; 14/1/10

The British Government’s justification for launching the Iraq war has been undermined after two inquiries cast new light on the build-up to war. Delivering the first independent assessment of the legality of the war, a Dutch inquiry has found the military action had no sound mandate in international law. It delivered its findings as details of former prime minister Tony Blair’s support for the war emerged in testimony by his former communications chief Alastair Campbell to the Chilcot inquiry into the war. In about five hours of questioning about the secret diplomacy between Washington and Downing Street in the months before the invasion, Mr Campbell told the inquiry in London that Mr Blair had assured US President George Bush in private letters in 2002 that Britain would support a US-led war against Iraq.