Families of some of the 179 British service personnel killed in Iraq joined peace protesters outside the Iraq war inquiry as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced questions as to the reasons why the UK went to war in Iraq in 2003.
The decision to send 45,000 British troops to invade the country has become the most controversial of Blair’s 10-years in Downing Street.
Reg Keys, who lost his son in Iraq, said: “One lesson must be learned, a British prime minister must never ever be allowed again to take us to war based on the falsehoods and deceit in such a shambolic and catastrophic way.”
Seven years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, and almost three years after Blair handed over to Gordon Brown, the issue still provokes deep public fury.
Demonstrators accuse Blair of deceiving the public about the justification for the Iraq invasion.
The former prime minister arrived early and entered the inquiry by a back door to avoid running the gauntlet of the protesters anger.