Former British PM Tony Blair Faces Contempt Vote over Iraq War

July 11, 2016 Headlines

In news from Britain, former Prime Minister Tony Blair could be barred from future public office in the United Kingdom. Members of the British parliament are hoping this week to vote on whether Blair deceived the British parliament in order to go to war in Iraq. The move for a contempt vote comes after the release of the Chilcot report, which blames Tony Blair for deliberately exaggerating the threat posed by Saddam Hussein in the lead-up to the Iraq War. The International Criminal Court is also considering proceedings against British soldiers accused of torturing Iraqi prisoners in 2003. This comes as the Pentagon has announced it carried out 10 strikes in Iraq and 13 strikes in Syria over the weekend. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is in Iraq today.

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